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Monday, May 14, 2012
Coach: Gagne's return is highly unlikely

By Pierre LeBrun

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Simon Gagne has been cleared for contact and is skating back in Los Angeles, but don’t hold you breathe waiting to see the veteran winger back in the Kings' lineup.

Los Angeles head coach Darryl Sutter didn’t sound very optimistic that we’d see Gagne play this spring. He’s been out since Dec. 26 with a concussion.

"I mean, he hasn't played a game in five, six months," Sutter said Monday. "He hasn't practiced with the team literally since, what was it? Anything is highly unlikely really when you think about it. It's a head-issue, injury. We played Vancouver in that first round, [Daniel] Sedin had been out then for a month to the day, look how it affected him. This guy hasn't played in five months. Hasn't played in 2012."