Simon Gagne cleared for contact

Updated: May 15, 2012, 3:03 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

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.

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.

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