Simon Gagne cleared for contact
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Simon Gagne has been cleared for contact and is skating in Los Angeles, but the veteran winger, who is attempting to come back from a concussion, doesn't appear ready to rejoin the Kings' lineup.
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Kings coach Darryl Sutter didn't sound very optimistic that Gagne, who hasn't played since Dec. 26, would play this spring.
"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."
The Kings hold a 1-0 lead over the Phoenix Coyotes following a 4-2 win Sunday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The series continues Tuesday night with Phoenix hosting Game 2.