A little over a month after he took an indefinite leave of absence to tend to his then sick, and now deceased, father, Simon Gagne will not be returning to the Bruins, per ESPN Boston. Gagne correctly asserted that any NHL player needs to have his full attention on playing the game day in and day out, and he concluded that he isn’t able to do that anymore — a judgment that no one other than him can truly make.
On the ice, Gagne wasn’t exactly a great answer for the Bruins, so his loss isn’t really a loss, especially if Peter Chiarelli trades for someone. And at least now Claude won’t be tempted to take ice time from Seth Griffith for Gagne. But today’s announcement shouldn’t be primarily from an on-ice focus. It’s about the grieving that he’s considering.
So thanks for the effort, Simon Gagne, and best of luck to you and your family.