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Simon Gagne will not return to Bruins 01.12.15 at 5:17 pm ET
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Simon Gagne played 23 games for the Bruins this season. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Simon Gagne played 23 games for the Bruins this season. (Harry How/Getty Images)

The Bruins and Simon Gagne announced Monday that the veteran forward will not return to the team this season as he remains with his family following the death of his father.

Gagne, who signed a one-year deal with the Bruins in October and registered three goals and one assist over 23 games, took a leave of absence on Dec. 10 following his father’€™s cancer diagnosis. The Bruins have changed his status to ‘€œsuspended player,’€ a move that Gagne supported.

By suspending Gagne, the Bruins will not be charged his $600,000 cap hit.

“€œThe last month has been extremely difficult for me with my father being sick and his passing,” Gagne said in a statement released by the team. “€œTo play in the NHL you have to be 100 percent mentally, emotionally and physically committed to the game. At this time I know that I cannot be close to those levels.

“The Bruins organization and my teammates have been great to my family and I during this time. When I decided not to return this season, I spoke to Peter and assured him that I did not want the organization or my teammates to be impacted. Together we made the decision that my status would be changed so that the team could have a full active roster. In addition, I would like to thank the fans and the NHL family for all of the support that they have given my family and I during this difficult time. It has truly meant a lot.”

It is possible that this could mark the end of the 34-year-old’s NHL career. Gagne did not play last season but turned a professional tryout agreement into a contract with Boston after the B’s struggled offensively in the first four games of the season.

Since debuting with the Flyers in 1999, Gagne has played 822 regular-season NHL games, scoring 291 goals and adding 310 assists for 601 points.

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Reports: Simon Gagne loses father to cancer 12.27.14 at 7:30 pm ET
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Simon Gagne is still away from the Bruins on leave. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Simon Gagne is still away from the Bruins on leave. (Harry How/Getty Images)

According to multiple reports, Simon Gagne’€™s father died Friday after losing his battle with cancer. The news was first reported by Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

Gagne had taken a leave of absence from the Bruins last month following his father’€™s diagnosis. He issued the following statement on Dec. 10.

“I have taken a personal leave of absence from the Boston Bruins in order to return home to Quebec to be with my father, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer,” Gagne said in the statement. “The doctors — who have been great throughout this whole process — unfortunately informed us that his cancer is not curable.

“I greatly appreciate the support and understanding that the Bruins organization and my teammates have given to me and my family since I let them know the news and I look forward to rejoining them when the time is appropriate. Until then, I would kindly ask everyone to respect my family and I’€™s privacy during this difficult time.”

It is not known when Gagne will return to the Bruins. In 23 games this season, the 34-year-old wing has three goals and one assist for four points.

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Simon Gagne leaves Bruins to be with family following father’s cancer diagnosis 12.10.14 at 4:00 pm ET
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Simon Gagne has taken a leave of absence to be with his family. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Simon Gagne has taken a leave of absence to be with his family. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Simon Gagne has left the Bruins for the time being to be with his family in wake of his father’€™s cancer diagnosis. Gagne has not been with the team the last two days, with Claude Julien saying earlier Wednesday that the 36-year-old had taken an “€œindefinite”€ leave of absence.

Gagne is still a member of the Bruins but has been put on the team’€™s non-roster list. The Bruins recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Providence Wednesday.

News of Gagne’€™s family situation was reported Wednesday by TVA’€™s Renaud Lavoie via Twitter. Gagne issued a statement through the Bruins later in the afternoon.

“I have taken a personal leave of absence from the Boston Bruins in order to return home to Quebec to be with my father, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer,” Gagne said in the statement. “The doctors — who have been great throughout this whole process — unfortunately informed us that his cancer is not curable. I greatly appreciate the support and understanding that the Bruins organization and my teammates have given to me and my family since I let them know the news and I look forward to rejoining them when the time is appropriate. Until then, I would kindly ask everyone to respect my family and I’s privacy during this difficult time.”

The Bruins do not know how long Gagne will be away from the team, but Cam Neely said he and the organization felt it was important to grant him his leave.

€”œI can speak first-hand; it’€™s difficult when you’€™re thousands of miles away and your family — especially your parents –€” are going through something difficult,” Neely said. “It’€™s hard to keep focused on what you have to do, so it’€™s very important for the organization to not only understand it, but respect it and give a player the opportunity to do what they need to do.”

Gagne, who did not play last season, is on a one-year deal that he signed early in the season after spending training camp with the B’€™s on a tryout. In 23 games this season, Gagne has three goals and one assist for four points and an even rating.

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David Krejci wants to play Thursday, Simon Gagne’s leave of absence ‘indefinite’ at 12:29 pm ET
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Both Daniel Paille and Carl Soderberg were back practicing with the Bruins Wednesday at TD Garden after missing Monday’s skate with a virus.

David Krejci and Zdeno Chara practiced for the second straight day. Chara is optimistic about playing Thursday against the Blackhawks, while Krejci remains an unknown. Krejci was noncommittal about his chances of playing Thursday, though he said he feels “much better” and would like to play. He has been limited to just 11 games this season due to multiple lower-body injuries.

Simon Gagne remains away from the team on personal leave, with Claude Julien saying that his absence is “indefinite.” Gagne is not currently listed on the Bruins’ roster, though his stall and belongings are in the team’s dressing room.

The lines in practice were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Eriksson
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Kelly – Soderberg – Fraser
Paille – Campbell – Griffith

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Simon Gagne on personal leave, Zdeno Chara could return Thursday for Bruins 12.09.14 at 12:23 pm ET
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Both Zdeno Chara and David Krejci practiced Tuesday as the Bruins returned to TD Garden. Chara could return to the lineup as soon as Thursday against the Blackhawks, while Claude Julien said Krejci is still a bit behind.

“Krejci hasn’€™t been cleared to play yet. They’€™ve both been cleared for practice,” Claude Julien said. “Right now, I can say I feel more optimistic about Zee right now, that he will. I don’€™t know about David.”

Simon Gagne is on a personal leave of absence, Julien said. Gagne was not at practice, with Julien saying the Bruins “don’€™t know” how long Gagne’€™s leave will be. Gagne’€™s skates and belongings were still in his stall during media availability following practice.

Carl Soderberg and Daniel Paille were also absent from practice due to a virus, while David Warsofsky practiced with the team for the first time since suffering a groin strain last month. According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, Adam McQuaid skated prior to practice.

With so many players on offense missing, Loui Eriksson skated on Krejci’€™s line. Julien said afterwards that Eriksson’€™s placement in practice was strictly because of the lack of forwards.

“€œI had to just throw guys together because we were short today,”€ Julien said.

The lines and defensive pairings were as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Eriksson
Marchand – Bergeron – Smith
Bottom-six: Campbell, Fraser, Kelly, Griffith

Chara – Hamilton
Seidenberg – Miller
Krug – Trotman
Warsofsky, Bartkowski, Morrow

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5 things we learned as Bruins fall to Ducks 12.02.14 at 12:33 am ET
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A loss is a loss, but all things considered, Monday night could have gone much worse for the Bruins.

Playing one of the NHL‘€™s biggest and best teams in the first game of a four-game western swing, the Bruins held their own against the Ducks with an especially strong first period, solid special teams work throughout and even a big night from the embattled Gregory Campbell line.

After falling behind, 3-1, five minutes into the third period the B’€™s pushed back hard with Simon Gagne’€™s second goal of the season, but were unable to find the equalizer en route to a 3-2 regulation loss.

The lack of points from the performance should undoubtedly leave the Bruins with a bad taste in their mouths, but Monday’s game showed that, without Zdeno Chara and David Krejci, the B’s can still measure up pretty well against one of the league’s top teams.

The Bruins will play the second leg of perhaps their toughest back-to-back of the season when they face the Kings Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Tuukka Rask made 25 saves on 28 shots faced. The loss was Boston’€™s third in the last four games (1-2-1).

Here are four more things we learned Monday:

PASTRNAK GETS HIS FIRST POINT

David Pastrnak stayed on Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line and got power play time in his third NHL game. With it came his first career point, as his power play unit stayed in the offensive zone at the expiration of an Andrew Cogliano penalty and a Pastrnak threw a puck on net that yielded a rebound that Brad Marchand converted into the first goal of the game.

Zach Trotman got the secondary assist on the goal, as he manned the other point of the power play unit with Torey Krug.

Pastrnak had one shot on goal Monday, a far cry from his team-leading seven on Friday against the Jets.

BARTKOWSKI HELD UP

Matt Bartkowski has had plenty of reason to be frustrated when pucks have gone past him and in this season, but on Monday the frustration wasn’€™t with himself.

Devante Smith-Pelly held Bartkowski’€™s stick in front of Rask during a Ducks possession late in the second period. Despite Bartkowski signaling to the official that he couldn’€™t make a play, the obstruction went uncalled as Cam Fowler fired a shot that would go off Smith-Pelly and in.

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Milan Lucic apologizes for ’embarrassing’ Bruins vs. Canadiens 10.18.14 at 1:13 pm ET
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Milan Lucic apologized Saturday morning for the fine-warranting gesture he made at Canadiens fans Thursday night.

Lucic made the obscene gesture as he entered the penalty box with 1:20 to play in the Bruins’€™ eventual 6-4 loss to the Canadiens. He argued with a referee after the Habs added a power play empty-netter, which earned him a game misconduct. He did not speak to the media after the game and was fined $5,000 for the gesture on Friday.

“I’€™m not proud of what I did there. I just want to apologize to our organization for embarrassing the Bruins organization,” Lucic told reporters Saturday morning in Buffalo.

“I also want to apologize to our fans and also apologize to the Montreal Canadiens organization and the Canadiens fans,”€ he added. “I know they can get under your skin sometimes but they are great fans. I apologize for my actions. I regret what I did.”

Lucic had a pair of assists in Thursday’€™s game, which were his first two points of the season. According to ESPN Boston’€™s Joe McDonald, Simon Gagne skated on Lucic’€™s line with David Krejci in Saturday’s morning skate after finishing the last two games in that spot. Gagne scored late in Thursday’s game while playing with the duo.

Matt Fraser reportedly skated on the fourth line with Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell. Such a move is interesting, as Paille played right wing Thursday when Gagne was on the line. Perhaps that was preparation for Fraser, far more effective on the left wing than on the right, to return to the lineup in the position he plays best.

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