The results from Derek Boogaard’s autopsy are back and his
death has been ruled accidental. Boogaard died from a combination of alcohol and oxycodone toxicity.
Boogaard had entered into the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and
Behavioral Program this spring, his second stint in the program. In 2009 while with the Minnesota Wild,
Boogaard entered into Stage 1 of the program for the first time and missed much
of training camp “under the guise of a concussion.”
Boogaard’s death was not caused by the concussion that ended
his season this year, but we may never know more details than this.
Boogaard’s funeral will be held tomorrow in Saskatchewan.
- The Rangers announced the signing of yet another prospect
today as Scott Stajcer inked his entry-level deal. Stajcer put up decent numbers while sharing
time in net for the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL, who will soon begin play for
the CHL Memorial Cup. New York has signed Roman Horak, Ryan
Bourque, Dylan McIlrath, Christian Thomas, Carl Hagelin, and Jason Wilson in
addition to Tommy Grant and Jason Missiaen. Stajcer was the Rangers’ fifth-round choice in 2009 and is the 49th
contract the Rangers currently have on the books out of the maximum of 50.
- Nothing is quite official yet, but the Atlanta Thrashers are
on the verge of moving to Winnipeg as hockey in
south continues to sputter along. When
the move becomes official, division realignment may be formally discussed. As of now it’s just speculation that the
Nashville Predators will replace Atlanta
in the Southeast Division.
- If you missed it earlier, today’s draft profile is of