Bruins forward Simon Gagne left the team after its Western Conference road trip ended over the weekend. Gagne didn’t practice with the team Tuesday and coach Claude Julien termed Gagne as on a “personal leave of absence.”
WILMINGTON – It has been 10 games since forward Simon Gagne signed a contract with the Bruins after his tryout in training camp and became mostly a fourth-line player for Boston.
As the Bruins were winding down practice Monday at TD Garden, the last drill of the day called for assistant coach Doug Houda to dole out punishments, in the form of pushups and other uncomfortable exercises, for mistakes in coverage during play.
After one battle ended, Houda turned behind him and ordered the “burgundies” to hit the deck and give him five pushups.
In French, gagne means wins.
The Bruins have only earned one win so far this season, so Tuesday they took what they think is a step toward rectifying that by signing Simon Gagne to a one-year contract.