Boogaard had started to skate on his own and participated in several optional morning skates at the practice rink during the middle of March even though a return this year had been ruled out.
Brooks adds that Glen Sather declined to elaborate on the decision.
...this is a bit puzzling. Sure he won't see a second of playoff action, but why send him home? I'm sure he'd like to be around the team and cheer them on. He probably already feels like an outsider, this will only further exacerbate that. Hope this doesn't affect his confidence going forward.
Would they buy him out? Not sure exactly how buyouts work, but if they could, why not? They're already throwing money at Redden down in Hartford - what's another few million thrown at Boogaard sitting on a couch in Canada somewhere?
I have been hearing some chatter on nyr message boards about Boogaard having a very tough time coming back from this concussion and the rangers front office thinking he is done (aka will retire). This might be why they sent him home...?