Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported today via Twitter that the Nashville Predators have waived forward Michael McCarron.

McCarron has played in 15 games this season with Predators, scoring one goal and one assist. McCarron made headlines December 11th as he entered into the NHL’s player assistance program for unspecified reasons. According to Friedman, McCarron has completed the assitance program and is ready to return to play.

A to Z Sports reached out to the Predators regarding McCarron’s status in the NHL’s Player Assistance Program, a team representative confirmed that McCarron has completed his program. The reason for McCarron entering the program has not yet been made public.

If McCarron clears waivers, it would allow him to join the Predators’ AHL affiliate Milwaukee Admirals in order to get some playing time and get back up to NHL speed. Teams have 24 hours to make a claim.

It’s important to remember that the players everyone watches on the ice aren’t just professional athletes, but real people dealing with issues in their personal lives as well. The NHL’s Player Assistance Program has been a well documented successful resource for Nashville Predators players in the past, including Connor Ingram, Colin Wilson, and Jordin Tootoo. Here’s to hoping the program was beneficial for Michael McCarron and he can make a full return to his hockey career.

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