Simon Gagne Watch: Star LW Is Symptom Free, But Will He Play?

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 18: Simon Gagne #12 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrates his goal with Anze Kopitar for a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Staples Center on October 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Talented LW Simon Gagne, who missed most of the regular season with concussion symptoms, had been skating with the Kings' healthy scratches of late. Today, he participated in a regular team practice for the first time.

This is a positive sign, but according to Hammond, it still seems unlikely that he will dress for the postseason. However, it's great to see him make progress and skate in good health. His conditioning probably needs work, though Darryl Sutter noted that having some "live ammo" in reserve is welcome to any playoff team.

If the Kings should go on to win the Stanley Cup, Gagne currently does not qualify for inclusion on the chalice -- unless, of course, he were to play in the Stanley Cup Finals. He fell just short of the regular season game requirements before he was injured. (We should note that the Boston Bruins petitioned to have Marc Savard's name put on the Cup when his season ended prematurely due to concussion symptoms, and succeeded. That may be a possibility here.)

What do you all think? Will the Kings consider playing him if he makes rapid improvement? Where would he slot in, if so?

We wish Simon the best on his journey back to the NHL. Then he can get back to this:

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