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Bruins' Simon Gagne Will Not Return This Season After Father's Death

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Veteran forward Simon Gagne has decided he will not return to the team this season due to personal reasons. With the recent death of his father, Gagne will sit out the rest of the season, leaving the rest of his career in doubt.

"The 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. "To 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."

Gagne is now considered a suspended player so that the Bruins can maintain a full roster.

The 34-year-old Gagne is in his first season with the Bruins, and it could be his last. He has three goals and one assist in 23 games this season.

Gagne is a former All-Star from his years with the Philadelphia Flyers, but he's had trouble staying on the ice in recent years due to injuries. He's played in over 60 games just once since the 2009-2010 season.

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Simon Gagne Signs with Bruins

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(WILMINGTON, Mass.) -- After being with the Boston Bruins since the first day of training camp on a tryout basis, the team decided to sign Simon Gagne to a one-year, $600,000 deal Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Gagne joins a Bruins team that's started the season 1-3-0 and has had trouble finding the back of their opponents' net.

Gagne practiced on a line with Daniel Paille and Ryan Spooner Tuesday.

"My conversation with (general manager) Peter (Chiarelli) was, 'Whatever it takes,'" Gagne said following practice. "And I'll be whatever - if I have to be the extra guy, on the fourth line or a guy who will replace some guys when things aren't going well, or injuries, play on the PK, power play, whatever it takes, I'm here to help the team win and I'm really happy I have a chance to get back to the league with a good team, so I'm open to everything."

Gagne hasn't played in an NHL game since April 27, 2013. At one point in time, Gagne was a prolific scorer in the league. During the 2005-06 season, with the Flyers, Gagne scored 47 goals, and followed that up with 41 goals the next season.

Gagne is expected to play Wednesday for the B's in Detroit.

To make room for Gagne, the Bruins sent forwards Jordan Caron and Bobby Robins to their AHL affiliate in Providence.

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Flyers Bring Simon Gagne Back To Philadelphia

Frederick Breedon/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Flyers acquired forward Simon Gagne from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday for a conditional fourth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry draft.

Gagne is returning to the team that originally selected him with the 22nd overall pick in the 1998 draft. In 10 seasons with the Flyers, he scored 20 goals or more seven times, including a career-high 47 during the 2005-06 season.

“Simon is an experienced veteran who will help us in a lot of areas,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.  “We are glad to have him back.”

This season, Gagne has zero goals and five assists in 11 games.

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