Los Angeles Kings: Simon Gagnè to Return to Lineup for Game 3

Jason LewisCorrespondent IIJune 4, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 29:  Simon Gagne #12 of the Los Angeles Kings speaks during Media Day for the 2012 Stanley Cup Final at Prudential Center on May 29, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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It is expected, although not yet official, that Simon Gagne will return to the Los Angeles Kings lineup tonight for the first time since December 26th.

Gagne, who suffered a concussion back in December, will be inserted into the Kings' lineup in place of fourth line left winger Brad Richardson.

Gagne played just 34 games this season before being sidelined for the rest of the regular season and most of the playoffs. However, Gagne has been skating and practicing with the team for a few weeks, and was cleared to play last Thursday.

Richardson, who Gagne is expected to replace, has played 13 games this postseason and has tallied just one goal. 

The 32-year-old Gagne brings over one hundred games playoff experience and 59 career playoff points to the Kings roster.

It would be a fitting full circle for Gagne, who scored his first goal as a Los Angeles King against Martin Brodeur back on October 13th of this season. 

Jason Lewis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, reporting live from Staples Center. The breaking news information was obtained first-hand.