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Kings’ Gagne cleared for contact, skating with prospects

May 14, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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Interesting development out of Los Angeles this morning — Kings GM Dean Lombardi confirmed a La Presse report that forward Simon Gagne has been cleared for contact.

More, from Rich Hammond at LA Kings Insider:

Lombardi confirmed this morning that Gagne, who has been out since he suffered a concussion on Dec. 26, has been cleared for contact, but Lombardi said Gagne will remain in Los Angeles and is a “long way from playing — needs to get hit.”

While Hammond says Gagne’s return “remains a long shot”, it’s still an interesting development.

The 32-year-old LW signed a two-year, $7 million deal with Los Angeles last summer with the expectation of being a top-six forward (he also contributed to the “Flyers West” theme that started with Mike Richards and assistant coach John Stevens, later continued with Lombardi’s trade deadline acquisition of Jeff Carter.)

In 34 games this year, Gagne had 7G-10A-17PTS. He’s currently skating with the Kings’ prospects/Black Aces and does not have a timetable for return to full practice.

  1. blomfeld - May 14, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    Welcome back Gagne and “fall in” !

    This development does nothing but add even more fire-power to the already “top-rated” offense in the NHL ! Good times friends ! :)

    • rojodiablo - May 15, 2012 at 7:02 PM

      I don’t think we need Gagne back with the way King and Nolan are playing in his place, especially with them being rookie’s. If anything, Gagne would probably disrupt the great chemistry we have going right now and we can’t afford that to happen in the playoffs!! He should just focus on getting better and wait to come back next season, that way he won’t risk coming back too soon.

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