By Allan Muir
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His broken leg stretched out in front of him, Gregory Campbell will be agonizing in the press box as his Boston teammates battle the Blackhawks for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup.
The injury he suffered in the Eastern Conference Finals against Pittsburgh won’t allow the defensive stalwart to help the Bruins close the deal, but he won’t be forgotten if they get the job done.
The rules state that players who appear in 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final match for the championship team earn the right to have their names engraved on the Cup. In this lockout-shortened season, the standard has been prorated to 24 games.
Campbell played all 48 contests during the regular season, so his name will be there along with the rest of the Bruins. So will rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who qualifies with 42 games played, whether he makes an appearance in the final or not.
In total, 17 Bruins would make the cut based on their regular season participation. Outside of Campbell and Hamilton, all are expected to take part in the final.
Jaromir Jagr, who played just 11 games for the B’s after being acquired at the trade deadline, qualifies when he takes the ice tonight. So do Torey Krug, who skated in just one regular season game before becoming a prominent part of the team during the playoffs, and Kaspars Daugavins, who assumed Campbell’s spot in the lineup in Game 5 against the Pens.
The Blackhawks have 19 regulars or semi-regulars who qualify to have their names etched in silver, including Sheldon Brookbank and Brandon Bollig, who sealed his eligibility before he was inserted into tonight’s lineup by appearing in 25 games.
The NHL makes exceptions for players who do not meet the standard because of injury or other extenuating circumstances, which means that Dan Carcillo has a chance to make the cut. The veteran shift disturber played just 23 games this season, but he made his way into the lineup four times during the postseason. The Hawks would likely petition to have his name included.