Predators Forward Enters Player Assistance Program

Nashville Predators forward Michael McCarron has entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program and will be stepping away from the team for the foreseeable future. The league made the announcement on Sunday.

McCarron's absence from his team is paid and now he'll work with program admins to complete his program to better health and once everything is heading in the right direction, he'll be cleared for on-ice activities.

So far in 15 games with the Predators, McCarron's recorded one goal and two points. After playing earlier in the week, McCarron missed Saturday's game against the Ottawa Senators and the announcement was made on Sunday.

The 27-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent who was a former first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens. In 141 NHL games, McCarron has recorded 24 points and 213 penalty minutes.

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