LA Kings’ Simon Gagne Is More Anxious Than Most To Get Season Underway

PRE-TRAINING CAMP: After missing a boatload of games during the 2011-12 regular season due to a concussion, Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne is feeling better than he has in years. He told Frozen Royalty why, and he talked about his motivation, excitement and added incentive to get the new season underway.


LA Kings left wing Simon Gagne, who missed
48 games last season due to a concussion, is
healthy and very anxious to get the
abbreviated 2012-13 season started.
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Photo: Gann Matsuda/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — Under the circumstances, veteran Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne might just be more anxious than most National Hockey League players to finally get the abbreviated 2012-13 season underway.

Gagne returned during the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, playing in four games before hoisting the Stanley Cup with his teammates on June 11, 2012.

Prior to that, Gagne missed 48 regular season games after suffering a concussion on December 26, 2011, when the Kings hosted the Phoenix Coyotes.

Gagne ended the regular season with a paltry seven goals and ten assists for 17 points, with a -1 plus/minus rating, and 18 penalty minutes in 34 games.

Shortly after the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup Championship, Gagne underwent neck surgery.

“When I cut my hair in Tampa Bay [where he played in the 2010-11 season], I noticed the bump on the back [of my neck],” said Gagne. “I hurt my neck that year.”

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2011-12 Year-In-Review: Can LA Kings Forwards Reach The Next Level After Stanley Cup Win?

Looking ahead to 2012-13, can Los Angeles Kings star center Anze Kopitar, shown here during the team’s
Stanley Cup Championship Rally on June 14, 2012, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, avoid the prolonged
slumps that have plagued him throughout his career?
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Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — Although it certainly ended with a huge bang, the 2011-12 season was one of struggle for the Los Angeles Kings, given the fact that they qualified for the playoffs by the skins of their teeth.

Indeed, the Kings’ inability to score goals, a problem that plagued them until the trade deadline in February, almost cost them an invitation to the post-season party, and would likely have resulted in a shake-up in the Kings front office (see 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings Year-In-Review: Front Office Turnaround Set Stanley Cup Run In Motion, and 2011-12 Year-In-Review: Doughty Holdout, Failure To Execute In Offensive Zone Almost Sunk LA Kings Early).

But, as detailed in the previous story in this multi-part series that looks back on the Kings’ 2011-12 season, they put it all together in the final six weeks of the season, earning an 11-4-3 record, good for 25 points, securing the eighth and final playoff berth in the Western Conference, setting up their dominant run to the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

In part 4 of Frozen Royalty’s 2011-12 Year-In-Review, it is now time to evaluate the players, coaches, and management. In this installment…the forwards. Read more of this post

2011-12 Los Angeles Kings Year-In-Review: Front Office Turnaround Set Stanley Cup Run In Motion

2011-12 YEAR-IN-REVIEW: The Los Angeles Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup. What is there to review or evaluate? Plenty. To start things off, here’s a look at how a “front office turnaround” set their run to the Stanley Cup in motion.


Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings blew right through the Vancouver Canucks, the St. Louis Blues, and the Phoenix Coyotes, before the New Jersey Devils gave them a bit more to handle in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final. Nevertheless, the Kings won the 2012 Stanley Cup, the first Stanley Cup Championship in the 45-year history of the franchise.

Given that they reached the pinnacle of achievement this season, what is there to review or evaluate?

Although some might think that is a waste of time, no Stanley Cup Championship team can rest on its laurels during the off-season and expect the same level of success. As players, coaches and general managers often say, improvement is always needed, and the Kings are no exception to that axiom.

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2012 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6: Scoring First Goal Will Be Crucial For Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Kings left wing Simon Gagne spoke to the media
at the team’s practice facility on June 12, 2012.
Photo: Gann Matsuda

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The bad news for the Los Angeles Kings is that their 3-0 lead in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final over the New Jersey Devils has shrunk to 3-2, after losses in Games 4 and 5. Just as bad is the fact that no team that has led in the Stanley Cup Final by a 3-0 margin has won the series in six games.

Game 6 is scheduled for tonight at Staples Center in Los Angeles (5:00 PM PDT, NBC).

Almost as bad for the Kings is the fact that teams that have led in the Stanley Cup Final by a 3-0 margin, are just 1-1, in a seven-game series.

The Devils’ strength late in a playoff series is also a factor in the series now. Indeed, with their win in Game 5 on June 9, the Devils are now 10-1 in Games 4-7 during this year’s playoffs, compared to their 4-8 record in Games 1-3. Read more of this post

Los Angeles Kings Left Wing Simon Gagne Is Healthy Once Again

LA Kings veteran left wing Simon Gagne, shown here during a workout on
March 15, 2012, returned to practicing with the team on May 25, 2012.
(click to view entire image).
Photo: David Sheehan/FrozenRoyalty.net

EL SEGUNDO, CA — As you walked into the Toyota Sports Center, the practice facility of the Los Angeles Kings in El Segundo, California on Friday morning, there was a strange, yet vaguely familiar sight on the ice.

That was the sight of the number 12 on the back of a jersey during a full practice, something not seen since late December.

Indeed, veteran left wing Simon Gagne, who suffered a concussion back on December 26, 2011, was finally back on the ice with his teammates, skating in a full practice for the first time since suffering the injury. Read more of this post

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