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Kings update: Limited progress for Simon Gagne

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There are very few answers -- and many questions -- when it comes to the murky case of Kings winger Simon Gagne, who suffered a concussion Dec. 26.

Kings President and General Manager Dean Lombardi answered a few questions with one of his own Tuesday.

Lombardi said any improvement has been of  "marginal progress."

"Is he close to playing?" Lombardi said. "No. He's been making progress very slowly and that's the way I expect it to continue."

In fact, Gagne is nowhere close to being able to resume skating, Lombardi said. That would be the first hurdle in a series of steps Gagne would need to take before resuming his NHL career, assuming he is able to ever do so.

Gagne's agent has not been available for comment.

The injury occurred against the Coyotes at Staples Center right before the end of the first period. 

Gagne, who has a history of head injuries, has missed 14 games because of the concussion. Wednesday night against Columbus will be No. 15. 

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Photo: Kings forward Simon Gagne celebrates a goal against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 18. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

 
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