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by Alanah McGinley on 05/16/11 at 05:17 PM ET
Georges Laraque shares his thoughts about Derek Boogaard and his recent treatment in New York, mentioning, among other things, that Boogaard told him he had been cleared to play at the end of the season.
Audio provided courtesty of “NHL Home Ice” on Sirius XM Radio, with Gord Stellick:
Update 5:57pm ET: QMI at Slam!Sports pulls some material from the audio above—
Laraque said that Boogaard, who died Friday in Minneapolis, told him he had been cleared to play after recovering from a concussion and shoulder injury he got during a fight with Ottawa Senators enforcer Matt Carkner in December but was told to sit out by the Rangers. That, Laraque said, had Boogaard “a bit down” the last time they talked.
“He was cleared to play at the end of the season and the team just told him to take the rest of the year off,” Laraque told NHL HOME ICE on SiriusXM Radio. “You know how much pressure that puts on a guy? He was ready to play with the contract he had and the team says, ‘It’s OK, just take the rest of the year off.’ On top of that, he told me his coach was not a big fan of him.
“I don’t want to insinuate anything that happened and the cause (of his death) or whatever but I would have been frustrated if I was in that situation. The fact he was inactive so long and those two incidents happened, it clearly didn’t help him.”
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