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Gagne reportedly cleared for contact

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Coyotes vs. Kings series blog

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Kings forward Simon Gagne has reportedly been cleared for contact for the first time since suffering a concussion on Dec. 26.

However, according to the L.A. Kings Insider blog on the team's website, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said Gagne will not be joining the team in Arizona and is still a longshot to return this season.

Lombardi told the blog that Gagne is a "long way from playing," and that he "needs to get hit."

Lapresse.ca was the first to report Gagne has been cleared for contact.

Gagne had 17 points in 34 games this season.

The Kings play Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against Phoenix on Tuesday at Jobing.com Arena (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

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