Now, the Philadelphia Flyers forward is hopeful he could make his way into the lineup as his team faces a must-win game against the Boston Bruins at Wachovia Center on Friday.
"That's why I'm pushing myself right now to go on the ice earlier than I'm supposed to," Gagne told reporters after he participated for the first time since he broke the big toe of his right foot in Game 4 of the first-round series against the New Jersey Devils on April 22.
The Flyers, who have been without Gagne and fellow top-line forward Jeff Carter in the second round, are down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series. Gagne said he was going to meet with a team doctor Thursday afternoon in an attempt to be cleared to play.
Flyers coach Peter Laviolette didn't say whether he'd use Gagne if the doctors give their approval, but NHL.com reported that he liked what he saw.
Gagne had two assists in the playoffs before he was knocked out of action by a Brian Ralston slap shot, an injury that required surgery on April 23 to insert two screws to stabilize his toe. Gagne also missed nearly two months early in the regular season after he had surgery to repair a hernia.