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Report: Simon Gagne underwent surgery to remove “mass” from his neck

Jul 13, 2012, 8:08 PM EDT

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RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports that Los Angeles Kings winger Simon Gagne underwent neck surgery to remove a five-centimeter “mass” about three weeks ago. The good news is that Lavoie also reports that Gagne is “already 100 percent” and training for next season.

Gagne won his first Stanley Cup with the Kings last season, but he’d probably agree that he wasn’t always a big part of the team because of injuries. He only played 34 regular season games and four postseason contests in 2011-12 and has missed at least 19 games per season since 2007-08.

Most of those problems have either been related to concussions or nagging groin injuries. Either way, he’s been held back quite a bit by some bad health-related luck, making one wonder what could have been.

Even so, he’s nearing 300 career goals and 600 points (Gagne is at 283 goals and 581 points now), so he’s carved out a solid living anyway. Perhaps he can get a little more luck in that area and help the Kings defend their championship, but if nothing else, he dodged a legitimate scare weeks ago.

  1. t16rich - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    This guy deserves everything that comes his way. Hard worker with a case of the injury bug. My biggest memory of him is 2002 Olympics. He showed up for that in a big way.

    • t16rich - Jul 13, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      I meant that with hockey accomplishments. Hahaha, I am not saying he deserves surgery to remove a mass from his neck.

      • Eberwizzle - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        I was about to call you a heartless bastard reading your first sentence!!!!!

  2. redux12 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Still my favorite Flyer of all time. Got a kick out of seeing him lift the cup this year. It’s just a shame he’s had such bad luck with injuries, he really could’ve been one of the great players of the post-lockout era.

  3. dkphilly1122 - Jul 13, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    One of my favorite hockey players of all time. He’s a stand up guy and I was estatic that he won a Stanley Cup this year if my Flyers didn’t. He deserves everything good thrown his way!! Gags is awesome.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 13, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    WELCOME BACK FRIEND …

    Coach Sutter made “countless” intelligent & classy moves during our glorious march to the cup … but one that really stood out for me, was his decision to welcome Gagne back into the line-up at a “critical” time during the final series … that decision alone spoke “volumes” about Sutter the man and his greatness … and I can now see Gagne going “well beyond” the call of duty during the coming campaign !

  5. andyb02 - Jul 14, 2012 at 12:50 AM

    I’ve had the same surgery. In and out the same day and maybe a week or two recovery as the stitches heal. Gagne will be fine.

  6. isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 14, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Gags still my favorite flyer, class act and exemplifies what an athlete should stand for, which ever team he plays for will always be my 2nd favorite team, i couldn’t agree more about the comment regarding he being one of the best post lock out players. Regardless, he had a knack for scoring some big time goals!

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