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From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:
A year ago at the top of Entry Draft week, Phil Kessel was a Maple Leaf, Nick Bonino a Duck and Carl Hagelin a Ranger. Which is to say that in a league in which trades have become tools of last resort, Gentleman Jim Rutherford was able to pull off three of them over the course of seven months to construct what became the most dynamic line in hockey.
The Pittsburgh general manager remade his team and organization on the fly in a process that began with the July 1 acquisition of Kessel, included a coaching change in mid-December, and culminated with a Stanley Cup victory that proves championship windows that seem shut can reopen darn quickly, even in a cap world.
Going into last June’s Entry Draft, Brandon Sutter, Blake Comeau, Paul Martin, Nick Spaling, David Perron, Daniel Winnik, Rob Scuderi, Ian Lapierre and Steve Downie were still Penguins a couple of months removed from a first-round defeat to the Rangers. So was Mike Johnston. None was with the team by the end of January.
The Penguins did not create a template to follow on the ice as much as they perfected the one adopted by teams throughout the league that want to play with speed and with the puck. It is not just one-way speed or north-south speed on the rush. It is speed on the backcheck to negate attacks as much as speed on the forecheck to create turnovers. It is speed to the puck in both end zones to create battles to be won.
The Penguins-Sharks Stanley Cup final was all but devoid of drama. Never truly caught anyone’s imagination. Never was as competitive as the scoreboard connoted. Was not able to carve a niche in the national profile. The modicum of suspense in the series — through which Pittsburgh’s three-zone speed made San Jose look clunky, bad and out of place — was created singularly by the brilliance of Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones.
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"The thing that really surprised me is how fast the game was from being behind the bench because as a player, what you focus on is your next shift, what you’re doing and everything. As a coach, you want to make sure we’re playing the system right and you want to make the correct choices.
"I’d be the one who would go up to a guy and tell him if he was in the wrong or right position, or “do this” or “do that” and it was really fast. The first fifteen games being behind the bench, everything was happening so fast that it was harder for me to see our system and figure out where the guys should be and everything. But the more you’re behind that bench, the more you learn and it gets a little bit easier for sure.”
-Ian Laperriere, assistant coach for the Philadelphia Flyers. More from Laperriere at the Flyers website.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Laperriere had a lot to say Saturday – about his cameo in the Judd Apatow movie This Is 40; about his health; about the NHL’s concussion protocols, and most interestingly about the mindset of the professional athlete, and how some are prepared to do whatever it takes to stay in the lineup, even if it means playing hurt.
Laperriere prefaced his remarks by suggesting concussion awareness has improved dramatically since his career began, noting that: “My first concussion, I missed a week and I had a bad one. I had a seizure on the ice. In a week or two, I was back.
“I think the league is doing a great job. They are doing the best they can. I don’t think anybody knows of a big miracle test – and I think the big problem with the concussions is the testing. You’re asking a young kid who’s been playing through so much pain all his life to get here to tell the truth about how you feel. And you’ve been rewarding that kid for years because he’s played through injuries.
“I felt like that. I played in the final with concussion syndrome, but I’d been brainwashed all my life – and it’s nothing against anybody. I was just brainwashed like that, and that’s why I made it (to the NHL). Now you’re trying to change that philosophy and way of thinking for those kids – and it’s tough.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Ian Laperriere waited until after the Stanley Cup final ended, with the Los Angeles Kings on top, to announce something that was 2 years in the making.
Laperriere, 38, officially announced his retirement from hockey on Tuesday. He spent the last two seasons of his contract working with the Flyers’ prospects in a coaching role after being sidelined with post-concussion syndrome.
Laperriere spent just one season in a Flyers uniform but will go down as one of the most beloved players in franchise history for his sacrifice, dedication and passion.
“I’m just glad I had a chance to wear the Orange and Black,” Laperriere said in a conference call with reporters. “It was my shortest time here compared to the other teams I played for, but that’s probably one of my biggest regrets: not having a chance to play longer than that in this great organization.”
From Dan Gross at Philly.com:
WHEN A Flyers official heard that “40-Year-Old Virgin” director Judd Apatow was looking for a hockey player with no teeth for his new movie, he knew just who to recommend: Ian Laperriere.
The injured winger jumped at the opportunity and enlisted teammates Scott Hartnell, Matt Carle and James van Riemsdyk to join him in Hollywood for a 16-hour-day shoot in Apatow’s “This is Forty.”
The guys portray hockey players who hit up a bar after a game and end up dancing and somehow playing with Lappy’s false teeth.
“I made a fool of myself, but it was fun,” Lappy told us yesterday. “I like to try different things.”
*thanks to The Post Game for the link.
from Chuck Gormley of the CourierPost,
Flyers’ Ian Laperriere has been told by two doctors that he should end his 15-year NHL career because of post-concussion symptoms and nerve damge, the Courier-Post has learned.
RW Laperriere, 36, visited with Pittsburgh neurosurgeon Joseph Maroon on Friday and it was determined that the puck he took above his right eye caused nerve damage behind the eye that could be permanently affected if he continues playing. A Philadelphia doctor offered a similar opinion on Monday, Laperriere said.
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Q: Looking back at the playoffs, was it wanting to play in a Final that led you to this, and do you regret it at all?
“I don’t regret it. It’s one of those things where the MRIs, everything was great, even the writing tests I did, everything was great, and I felt good. I went out there and I had headaches, but it’s a hockey game. You get bumped around and you get headaches. That doesn’t mean you have a concussion. I wanted to play, and I thought well, it’s probably from my neck, I had neck issues in the past. I always found excuses.
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
It’s the age-old question: If offered a pill that would make you a multi-millionaire, but kill you in 10 years - would you take it?
For me, the answer is no. But, there are other, similar, scenarios where my answer would be yes.
Like Ian Laperriere’s.
Laperriere is the kind of player every fan can root for. He’s never taken the easy way out, fighting and scrapping his way through 1,083 games. He’ll throw his body in front of everything, one of the reasons his nose looks like a road map of the Don Valley Parkway.
Minutes before his Flyers eliminated New Jersey in the first round of last year’s playoffs, Laperriere suffered a brain contusion after blocking a Paul Martin shot. He missed 10 games, returning with a face shield.
On Tuesday, he admitted that shouldn’t have happened. Laperriere did have headaches, even though he passed all of the testing required by the team and the NHL
from Joe Siville of Flyers.com,
Today at the Wells Fargo Center, Flyers right wing Ian Laperriere took part in an official TV spot conceived and produced by the VERSUS network.
The commercial focuses on the now famous event in which Laperriere dives to block a shot from the point from then New Jersey Devils (now Pittsburgh Penguins) defenseman Paul Martin during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series and was struck just above the eye.
Needless to say Laperriere didn’t need to memorize a script having lived it, but surprisingly re-enacting the moment over and over again didn’t exactly cause a sense of déjà vu.
“I don’t know,” laughed Laperriere. “I think when it’s going to be all together and I’m going to see the commercial come out, I think it will bring it back a little more when it really happened. But for today, there were too many cuts for me to be in that moment again.”
from Joe Siville of Flyers.com,
Like so many Flyers this offseason, Laperriere has also paid close attention to the Flyers offseason moves, and after squeezing in a couple family vacations this summer, he is ready to get back at it.
“I’m excited and hungry. Last season was a great run but we ended up short. I’m hungrier to go even further and going further means winning the Cup this season. I’m sure everybody feels the same way as I do.”
“I’ve played against Jody (Shelley). He is one of the toughest guys in the league. When you have a guy like that other teams will be hesitant to try and push us around because he will be in our line-up. That’s always welcome.”
“My thinking is if I stopped doing that and get out of the way of pucks, I might as well retire because nobody is going to want me. The day I start thinking like that, I’m done because they’ll take a younger guy that will do my job for half the price.”
-Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers. More on Laperriere from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
ONE BY ONE, they leaned into him, shook his hand vigorously. Some Montreal Canadiens offered hugs, some hearty hits on that hardened, helmeted noggin, until finally Ian Laperriere took the huge contraption off at midice so you could see that gap-toothed smile of his, the one that says - in so many ways - hockey player.
The one that says, too, “2010 Flyers.”
“Guys I don’t even know bearhugged me, wished me luck,” the Flyers’ gritty forward said after last night’s Eastern Conference-clinching, 4-2 victory. “They know I’m getting older and you don’t have too many chances to win a Cup.”
It was more than that, though. Longevity is appreciated in hockey, not bearhugged. These were nods from fellow knights, some from guys glad they don’t have to make their living the way he has, some from guys who maybe see in him a model for their future.
from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
It’s possible that both Jeff Carter (fractured right foot) and Ian Laperriere (brain contusion) will be back in the Flyers’ lineup at some point during their Eastern Conference Final series with the Montreal Canadiens. Both skated today in Voorhees, and while Carter’s status for the series is still very much up in the air, Laperriere has been cleared for contact.
via Philadelphia Flyers tweet,
Ian Laperriere has a contusion of the brain and mild concussion. He is out indefintiely, per Paul Holmgren.
added 5:36pm, from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Tuesday evening that forward Ian Laperriere is likely out for the remainder of the season with a contusion of the brain and mild concussion.
He blocked another shot with his head tonight that took around 60 stitches to close.
He talks about going to a visor for the rest of his career.
added 8:32am 4/23/10, Watch Lappy block the shot with his face below…
from Ray Parrillo of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
As the blood poured from his mouth, Ian Laperriere wasn’t thinking about the seven teeth he’d just lost, the 100 or so stitches it would require to close the wound, or the prospect of having dinner through a straw for a while.
Instead, the first thought that crossed his mind was: How could he have been so stupid to block a slapshot with his face.
“I was mad at myself because it was my fault,” the veteran winger said Thursday after the Flyers went through a brisk practice for Friday night’s Game 2 of their first-round series against New Jersey at the Prudential Center.
“I won’t make the same mistake. I promise you that. What I did was stupid. I was too far away from him, and I went down on my knees and the puck came up.”
The poor guy needs his teeth.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Like a lot of things this summer involving the Avalanche, it doesn’t make much sense. Ian Laperriere, heart-and-soul forward, fan favorite and locker-room leader, will no longer be on the team after July 1.
That in itself is not the part that is mystifying. It’s not unreasonable a team would want to jettison a 35-year-old player, with 40 goals in the 307 games he played with the Avs. The Avs want to get younger, and maybe a little cheaper. We get that.
But why in the world are the Avs letting Lappy go for nothing — contract talks have essentially ended between him and the team — when the Avs probably could have gotten a pretty nice draft pick from another NHL team at the trade deadline? Why did a team that was out of the playoff picture not deal one of its more marketable assets, especially when the team knew Laperriere could become an unrestricted free agent and wanted a raise?
“It’s a nightmare. I’m embarrassed. Hopefully my teammates are embarrassed. I’ve been in bad situations, but this is the worst of my career. 15 goals in two games? I mean, we have to have more pride than that, to show that we care more about one another. I know it’s tough; guys can use the injury factor. But what can you do - quit?”
-Ian Laperriere of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to the Ducks. More from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.
from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,
About a dozen current and former patients from The Children’s Hospital in Denver, along with family members, strolled through the room to pose for pictures with players who happily chatted with the youngsters and signed autographs.
Not surprisingly, forward Ian Laperriere’s locker was the most popular destination for the kids. A hard-nosed agitator on the ice, “Lappy” is a soft touch away from the rink, especially when it comes to children.
“Everybody stopped by and talked to the kids and put a smile on their face,” he says. “I just can’t imagine being in their shoes. For me and my teammates, we know we’re lucky in life, being in the NHL. If we can change these kids’ lives for even a minute ...
read on and nice to see Rick (formerly of the Rocky Mountain News) continue his hockey writing.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
You can take this one to the bank - the ones that aren’t soon to be run by the government, too: The Detroit Red Wings are interested in Ian Laperriere as a deadline rental.
Lappy hoisting the Cup in a Wings uniform this June - how does that sound, Av-Ahaholics?
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Negotiations have been ongoing between Ian Laperriere and Avalanche management toward a contract extension. But no agreement has been reached, and Laperriere is aware he could be dealt to another team by the NHL’s March 4 trade deadline if one can’t be made.
But Laperriere made it clear after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes that he wants to finish his career with the Avalanche.
“I don’t want to go anywhere else. But I’ve got no control over that,” said Laperriere, who has had a good season, at plus-2 with seven goals and 17 points. “If I do go somewhere else, I’ll go wherever they tell me to go. It’s a business, and we’ll see what happens in the next couple weeks.”
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Fighters are always the nicest guys. It is a common saying in hockey, and Ian Laperriere has done nothing but keep it true in his NHL career.
Need a player to give some time for a good cause? Call Lappy. Need a player to say a few words to a group of kids at a school? Call Lappy.
And when the American Diabetes Association and the Denver Father’s Day Council went looking for father of the year candidates, they called Lappy. This month, Laperriere was named one of the city’s four fathers of the year by the ADA.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
His favourite website is hockeyfights.com. The site lists all the fights over an NHL year, describes them, and lets fans vote on who won or lost.
“We all look at it, even if guys say they don’t,” said Laperriere, who’s had 15 fights this year.
“I’m 34, that’s pretty good. More than I expected.”
He played Thursday with a sore finger on his left hand, so he wasn’t in a mood to drop the mitts, but he’s willing, if he’s able.
“Hockeyfights is a great study. There’s no better tool than that. You know if a guy throws right or left. You better know that before you get a shiner.”
From the CP via TSN,
The Colorado Avalanche activated forward Ian Laperriere from the injured reserve list Wednesday. He missed nine games after suffering a knee injury during a game on Nov. 11 against Minnesota.
*numerous other Avalanche players are still having injury/illness issues however, including Joe Sakic
from the Denver Post,
The affable Laperriere has been fighting throughout training camp and the preseason, making sure everyone on his team and around the league knows they’ll have to go through him to get to Colorado’s numerous (and healthy) stars, including additions Ryan Smyth, Scott Hannan and Jaroslav Hlinka.
Lappy’s face is a mess, and he’s proud of it. He has multiple cuts around his nose, which has been pointing toward his right ear for years, and a black eye. He exceeds the definition of toughness and team pride, and uses those things to defend his teammates and provide motivation during rough times.