NEWARK, N.J. -- Simon Gagne is finally healthy enough to play for the Los Angeles Kings. But with as well as the Western Conference champions have been playing, it is tough for the former All-Star forward to get back into a loaded lineup.
Gagne has been medically cleared to return to the ice, following a concussion that sidelined him on Dec. 26. It will likely take another injury or perhaps a loss to prompt coach Darryl Sutter to shake up his personnel and put Gagne into action.
"It's going to take something for me to get in," Gagne said. "If we win four in a row, it might not happen. I am not going to wish anything bad."
Gagne was held out of the lineup on Wednesday night for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the New Jersey Devils, and Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter has quickly grown impatient with questions about the left wing's status.
"I'm not answering that question again about Simon," Sutter said. "Cleared for contact, cleared for practice, traveling with the team. So there won't be any further update on that one because, quite honestly, the answer's the same. I don't know how to answer it, right? You tell the truth or don't say nothing."
Gagne played in the 2010 finals for the Philadelphia Flyers, who lost to Chicago in six games.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.