Simon Gagne hasn’t played an NHL game since April 2013.
Still, that’s not stopping him from making a strong push to make the Boston Bruins roster this training camp.
With preseason games beginning Tuesday at Montreal for the Bruins, Gagne has a huge couple of weeks coming up as he tries to impress the coaching staff and crack Boston’s roster.
So far, head coach Claude Julien is happy with what he’s seeing from the veteran.
“I look at him and I see a guy who from the first day to today he’s getting better all the time,” Julien said. “So again, (it’s) another reason for preseason games to be important for guys like him and for us to evaluate how good he is.”
The 34-year-old Gagne, who spent most of his 13-year career with the Philadelphia Flyers, is doing his best to learn the Bruins system and shake the rust off.
“Sure, the first couple shifts you feel a little bit rusty,” Gagne said regarding his experience in the Black & Gold scrimmage. “But the more the game goes on the more you start to feel better. You start to find yourself a bit better on the ice, too.”