From the article:
"In the lawsuit, Derek's parents claim he was addicted to prescription pills at the time of his death ... partly because he had been prescribed "a multitude of narcotics and sleeping pills by both the team doctors, physicians, trainers, and dentists of the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild."
Because Derek's parents believe the NHL teams are partly responsible for their son's death, they turned to the NHL PA which promised to help them file a grievance to get the Rangers to pay out the rest of Derek's multi-million dollar 4-year contract with the team."
The NHLPA, at least according to the Boogaard family, did not fulfill that promise. And as such, Boogaard's family is suing for the remaining money from the contract as well as $5 million on top of that.
Not a pretty situation for anyone involved, but this is the last thing the NHLPA, stuck in a lockout and a media war with the owners, wants to deal with right now.
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Let's not forget there is another side to the story, and the NHLPA has yet not given their account...if I recall correctly, Boogaard's brother was arrested for illegally supplying narcotics to Derek...I'm sure that was not mentioned in the lawsuit.
Disgraceful job by the NHLPA. As Adam says, this is the last thing they need in the middle of a lockout.