Time running short for Gagne

Simon Gagne, out of the lineup since he suffered a concussion on Dec. 26, continues to do conditioning skating but has yet to participate in a practice and isn’t expected to accompany the team on its upcoming four-game road trip. Gagne continues to be evaluated by doctors on a weekly basis, but unless he’s cleared for practice very, very soon, his chances of playing again this season are not high. Asked today if it was plausible that Gagne would play again this season, general manager Dean Lombardi responded, “Doubt it.”

Of course, a concussion is the least predictable of all injuries. It carries no timetable, and it’s certainly possible that Gagne could be cleared and return. But given that he’s been out of action for almost three months, he would certainly not be able to step right back into the lineup, and it’s questionable as to whether any team would put a player, coming off a concussion, back into the lineup in the playoffs.

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