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Report: Derek Boogaard’s family sues NHLPA for $9.8 million

Sep 22, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

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Derek Boogaard’s sad saga has reportedly taken another turn.

TMZ reports Boogaard’s family has filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA for failing to help them recover the balance on his contract with the New York Rangers.

According to USA Today, the players’ union has a bit of a different take on things.

“We are saddened to read reports that the parents of the late Derek Boogaard have filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA,” the union said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. “We have not been served with or seen a copy of the complaint, but we are confident that there is no meritorious claim that can be made against the NHLPA in regard to Derek’s tragic death.”

The union said they won’t be commenting further on the case.

Boogaard died last May due to a mix of pain killers and alcohol. His parents believe trainers and doctors were negligent by continuing to feed his addiction to pills.

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