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No news on Doughty; ailing Simon Gagne to miss exhibition opener

September 20, 2011 |  5:47 pm

Drew3 First, the obligatory Drew Doughty non-update update:

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Tuesday he had not spoken to Don Meehan, who represents the unsigned restricted free agent. Lombardi also said that persistent rumors that he will trade Doughty are false. “There’s no way,” Lombardi said.

Some of those rumors appeared on Twitter on Monday from the account of someone impersonating Canadian Sportsnet personality Nick Kypreos, and Lombardi said he initially thought it was the real Kypreos coming up with those trade scenarios. Lombardi said he was irked until he was told the account didn’t belong to Kypreos.

The only other news Tuesday was that winger Simon Gagne was scratched from Wednesday’s split-squad game against Phoenix at Staples Center because of the flu. Gagne missed practice Tuesday and Coach Terry Murray said there was no reason to rush Gagne back.

Brad Richardson, who had been scheduled to travel to Glendale, Ariz., to play in the other split-squad game, instead stayed in Los Angeles and will play at Staples Center. Scott Parse skated alongside Mike Richards and Dustin Brown on Tuesday, with tryout player Cam Paddock on a line with Kyle Clifford and Jarret Stoll. However, Murray said he will have Parse with Stoll and Clifford on Wednesday and will put Richardson on the left side with Richards and Brown.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick is scheduled to play two periods of the game at Staples Center, with Martin Jones getting the rest of the playing time. Jonathan Bernier and Jeff Zatkoff will share playing time in the other game.

“It’s been a fairly long four days now and I think we’re all excited to have our first game and get in game situations,” said center Anze Kopitar, who will play in the split-squad match in Arizona.

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Photo: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Credit: Jim McIsaac / Getty Images