Simon Gagne on his new role with the Kings and playing the Canucks

Kings’ coach Darry Sutter had some pointed words for forward Simon Gagne following the team’s morning skate earlier today. Meanwhile, the former two-time 40-goal scorer shared his own perspective on things.

“It’s not easy,” said Gagne, when talking about being a fourth line player right now and fighting for minutes. “But, at the same time I understand the process of what’s going on here. I was not here (much) of last year, not a big part of the season – especially in the Stanley Cup playoffs. I was just in the last couple of games. So, I understand Darryl wants to keep the lines as they were last year and stuff like that – same lines and same power plays too. I have to be patient on that and the only thing I can do is go out there an play hard. And using my minutes they give me to get back in and prove what I can do again. So, it’s not an easy situation. But, at the same time, I just want to play and go out there and do my best.”

Regarding any hatred for the Canucks he may bring into the game, there just isn’t much there right now.

“It’s a little different in my case,” he explained. “I think it’s a little different if you play in the West. I played in the East most of my time, and was maybe facing that team once a year. So, it’s hard to create that level of hating a team. For this team, almost all of our guys have been in the West and played the Canucks (many times). In my case, with last year being my first year here, you start learning the type of game (the Canucks) want to play and it’s the type of game that will get on your nerves a little bit. I’m sure the more and more I play against them, my level will get closer to what Dewey’s talking about.”

The comments from Drew Doughty that he referenced can be found here.

Also, be sure to enter tonight’s First Goal Contest to win a great prize – click here now.

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to

Recent Articles


PHOTO GALLERY: Final Frozen Fury 2016 – Avalanche v Kings

In the blink of an eye, a two decade tradition of Frozen Fury came to an end Saturday night, as the Kings and Avalanche hooked up for the final time in Las Vegas. Their traditional preseason game didn’t feature the offensive explosion fans have come to enjoy in years past. Instead, Jeff Carter’s goal was […]

Dowd Nic COPYRIGHT MayorsManor 2015-10-31 by Ikiri AHL

Hoven on NHL Radio: Which Players Make Kings Opening Night Roster

Follow @mayorNHL
Enjoy a free replay of John Hoven on NHL Network Radio, where he joined hosts Scott Laughlin and Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to discuss a myriad of topics related to the Los Angeles Kings – including: Devon Setoguchi, Rob Scuderi, Anze Kopitar, Michael Mersch, Dustin Brown, Nic Dowd, Derek Forbort vs. Kevin Gravel, and […]


PHOTO GALLERY: Final Frozen Fury 2016 – Stars v Kings

After a year of hype, the final Frozen Fury kicked off in Las Vegas on Friday night, with the Kings hosting the Stars in night one of a special two-game weekend. In a matchup some expect to be the Western Conference Final next spring, Dallas defeated Los Angeles 6-3 in the preseason classic.
As has been […]

Major News Items

LAK Prospect No 1

LA Kings 2015-16 Prospect Rankings: No. 1 Revealed

We're finally ready to announce the name of which Los Angeles Kings prospect has nabbed the No. 1 spot in our bi-annual rankings of the team's future hopefuls. After working our way through a handful of Honorable … [Read More...]

More Prospect News


  1. […] To read Gagne’s pre-game comments and thoughts from Sutter about his recent play, click here. […]

  2. […] To read Simon Gagne’s pre-game comments and thoughts from Sutter about his recent play, click here. […]