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Kings’ Gagne waits patiently for chance: “I am not going to wish anything bad”

May 31, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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The 2012 Stanley Cup finals have been difficult for Kings forward Simon Gagne.

The 32-year-old has fully recovered from a concussion that’s kept him out of the lineup since Dec. 26. He’s medically cleared, practicing with the team and chomping at the bit of a second crack at the cup — but he also knows the reality of the situation.

“It’s going to take something for me to get in,” Gagne told the Toronto Star. “If we win four in a row, it might not happen. I am not going to wish anything bad.”

Gagne missed 48 games during the regular season — and, obviously, all 15 of L.A.’s playoff games — and only recently resumed practicing. He’s been skating hard, having to the Stanley Cup finals once before (losing in 2010, with Philadelphia) and cognizant of the fact this might be his best chance at hoisting Lord Stanley’s mug.

He’s probably desperate to get back in, and the Kings organization is probably aware of this. Regardless, Darryl Sutter put the clamps on Gagne-related queries prior to Game 1.

“I’m not answering that question again about Simon,” Sutter said of the left winger’s status. “Cleared for contact, cleared for practice, travelling 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.”

Don’t say anything, Darryl.

Don’t say nothing is a double negative.

  1. jimw81 - May 31, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    He’s only flyer I’m rooting for to get a ring. He’s the ultimate professional. He’s going into flyers hall of fame after he retires.

  2. laleafs - May 31, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Hoping he gets a sniff, must be torture to be watching from the stands.

  3. namriverrat69 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    He made some big contributions early in the season before his concussion. I hope he gets to play in at least one game. That might be hard to do with the current team chemistry playing so well and everyone is pretty healthy.


  4. blomfeld - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:11 AM

    “Stand by” and be “at the ready” Gagne !

    Simon Gagne is an excellent comrade and he will no doubt do “that” which is required in the “best” interests of our team … and that is to “stand by” and “be at the ready” should circumstances deem that necessary …

  5. killerpooh - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Barring significant injury, the problem is whom would the Kings make a healthy scratch to fit in Gagne? At this time, the team chemistry is superlative. Remember, if its not broke, don’t fix it.

    I suppose you sit down Fraser, move Richardson to center or sit down Nolan. The problem, alas, is that the 4th line is being played by Sutter, and has a definitive role in his scheme. They don’t have to score to provide balance to the team.

    Can’t see sitting down King either.

    Pity .. would love to get Gagne back in ..

  6. hrudey - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    It would probably take an injury to a top six forward for him to move back in – an injury in the bottom six and it’s probably Clifford back in instead. Much nicer to have a guy with his skill and experience in reserve if necessary, though.

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