Surly & Scribe ran a post the other day, were the Kings to prevail this Spring. They noted that it is possible for the winning team to petition the league to have personnel added to the cup under special circumstances. I’m of at least two minds on this. On one hand, Terry Murray is a significant co-architect of the current Kings team, and is certainly deserving of part of the credit for whatever happens. On the other hand, I don’t see how firing Terry Murray qualifies as special circumstances that prevented him from participating. I’m not sure I think teams should even be allowed to petition the league to have names added. I (think I) think that dilutes the honor of getting your name on the cup in the first place. As much as Terry Murray deserves to be a part of whatever happens to the Kings this season, the fact is: he’s not. He got fired. If the Kings win the cup (if if if), everyone is going to feel bad for Terry Murray. But putting his name on the cup isn’t really going to make Terry Murray feel better. Maybe a little, but there would always be an asterisk attached to his inclusion. Anyway, it should be kind of, well, hard to get your name on the cup. You should actually have to be on the winning team or a coach (or appropriate member of management) of the winning team.
I was kind of surprised, now that I think of it, that Lombardi didn’t make Murray an assistant coach at the time of his firing. That would have solved this problem, wouldn’t it?
But that isn’t what I wanted to talk about
I wanted to talk about another issue relating to who gets his name on the cup and who doesn’t. In order for a player to get his name on the cup, the player must either (1) have played 41 games or more for the team in the regular season (and still be property of the team at the end of the season), or (2) have played at least one game in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Players who did not play the minimum:
- Andrei Loktionov (39 games)
- Trent Hunter (37 games)
- Simon Gagne (34 games)
- Ethan Moreau (28 games)
- Dwight King (27 games)
- Jordan Nolan (26 games)
- Kevin Westgarth (25 games)
- Jeff Carter (16 games)
- Davis Drewiske (9 games)
- Scott Parse (9 games)
Barring inj****s, King, Nolan and Carter would obviously qualify by playing in the finals. Hunter and Moreau aren’t coming back. Barring some kind of miracle, Gagne won’t return. Parse could conceivably finish his (now traditional) spring training/comeback in time to get into a game. And that leaves Loktionov, Westgarth and Drewiske. Any of those guys could see some finals action (if if if if if). It would be sad if any of those three guys ended up playing on a cup-winning team but didn’t get their names on the cup. It would be especially cruel in Loktionov’s case, being two games shy of the required number of regular season games.
Obviously, we should all be so lucky, to have these problems.