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Report: Bruins take step to release Gagne

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Simon Gagne’s attempt to stage a comeback after being out of the NHL for a season was successful as he participated in 23 games with Boston. On Jan. 12 though, he made it known that he was permanently leaving the Bruins.

“The last month has been extremely difficult for me with my father being sick and his passing,” Gagne said at the time. “To play in the NHL you have to be 100% 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.”

The Bruins suspended him so that they could maintain a full roster. They took another step towards finalizing the process on Wednesday by placing him on unconditional waivers. If he clears, he will be released, according to an Associated Press source.

Gagne, who is a veteran of 822 NHL games, averaged 11:18 minutes per contest and recorded four points during his tenure with Boston. At the age of 34, he still might eventually attempt to return to the NHL once more.

Gagne won’t return to Bruins this season due to personal reasons

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Simon Gagne’s brief tenure with the Boston Bruins has come to an unfortunate end.

From the club:

Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that forward Simon Gagne has decided not to return to the team this season due to personal reasons. Given his decision, the Bruins have changed Gagne’s status to “suspended player”.

“At this time Simon feels that he has to be home with his family and he has the complete support of the Boston Bruins organization with this decision,” said Chiarelli. “Given Simon’s decision not to return to the team, we have to change his status to maintain a full roster. I spoke to Simon about this, and he assured me that we have his full support with this status change.”

“The last month has been extremely difficult for me with my father being sick and his passing,” said Gagne. “To play in the NHL you have to be 100% 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.”

Gagne, 34, signed with the Bruins in mid-October after playing with the team through training camp and the preseason. The move marked his return to the NHL after taking a one-year hiatus; he scored three goals and four points in 23 games for Boston, averaging 11:18 TOI per night.

Gagne first left the B’s on Dec. 10 to be with his father, who passed away later that month following a battle with liver cancer.

Bruins recall Cunningham from AHL

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The Boston Bruins have recalled forward Craig Cunningham from the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

As CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty points out, Cunningham’s recall is likely insurance for David Krejci (lower body), who remains a question mark.

Simon Gagne is also unavailable Thursday when the Bruins play host to Chicago as he has taken a leave of absence to be with his ailing father.

Cunningham was recalled by the Bruins on Nov. 30, but did not appear in a game before being reassigned Dec. 3.

The 24-year-old appeared in three games with Boston to start the season averaging 11:26 in ice time.

Cunningham is pointless in five career NHL games with the Bruins.

In 21 AHL games this season, Cunningham has five goals and 15 assists.

Gagne on ‘indefinite’ personal leave from Bruins (Updated)

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Simon Gagne missed his second straight day of practice on Wednesday, a situation that raised eyebrows after Boston head coach Claude Julien said the veteran winger’s on an “indefinite” leave of absence.

Details of said leave are not known. Gagne is reportedly dealing with a personal matter.

The 34-year-old, who returned from a one-year hiatus to sign with the Bruins this fall, has spent the majority of this season as a fourth-liner. Gagne’s made 23 appearances, scoring three goals and four points, and scored the game-winner in his last outing — a 5-2 win over the Coyotes in Arizona on Saturday.

It remains to be seen if Gagne will miss any game action while on leave. The B’s are in the midst of a four-night break and won’t play again until Thursday, when they host Chicago at TD Garden. From there, though, things will get busy — the Bruins play four times between Dec 13-19 with games against Ottawa, Nashville, Minnesota and Winnipeg.

Update: From TVA’s Renaud Lavoie…

Boston opens four-game road trip with a loss in Anaheim

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The Boston Bruins began their four-game western road trip with a 3-2 to loss in Anaheim Monday night.

Brad Marchand opened the scoring with his sixth of the season; however, the Ducks responded with three straight to snap a two-game skid.

Sami Vatanen and Devante Smith-Pelly gave Anaheim a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

The Bruins were not happy that Smith-Pelly got away with holding Matt Bartkowski’s stick just prior to his goal.

“You’ve got to battle through those things. This isn’t peewee hockey,” said Claude Julien per CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.

Added Bartkowski, “I’ve still got to find a way to get him out of there. He’s a big body and I should have just moved him in the first place.”

Matt Beleskey scored the eventual game winner at 4:43 of the third.

Beleskey spent the night playing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

When Ducks’ coach Bruce Boudreau was asked post-game whether Beleskey had found a new home on the top line, Boudreau wasn’t quite sure about that.

“On our team? There’s never a home,” Boudreau told NHL.com “There’s a couple of tents [that] are up, but I don’t know if it’s a home.

“Now he’s feeling that he can score. In the past, he didn’t shoot the puck much. He didn’t get as much ice time as he’s getting. He’s more in a role of banging and energy, and now he’s asked to do the banging and energy, plus shooting the puck and being a big shooter on that line, and it’s paying off.”

Simon Gagne got Boston to within one midway through the final period, but the Bruins were unable to find the equalizer.

With the loss, the Bruins have just one win in their past four.

Boston continues their trip Tuesday against the L.A. Kings.