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    Gagne issues statement; Craig Cunningham recalled

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    Forward Simon Gagne has issued a statement surrounding the details of his indefinite leave of absence:

    “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. 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.”

    Renaud Lavoie of the Montreal Journal first reported details about Gagne’s leave of absence in the following tweets:

    In the wake of Gagne’s absence, the Bruins have recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Providence, per the AHL transactions page. In 21 games with Providence, Cunningham has five goals and 10 assists for 15 points. During last night’s game against the St. John’s IceCaps, Cunningham had an assist and the OT winner.

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