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Flyers sign Ian Laperriere 3 years $1.167M per
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07-01-2009, 06:27 PM
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: 22 Acacia Avenue
You guys will love Lappy. Heart and soul type player, that will give everything he has to a team. He's getting up there in age, but still plays very well defensively, and can chip in some points with the right linemates.
Depending on your depth, he's probably better suited for a 4th line role, but he has the hockey smarts in all three zones to possibly play wing on the 3rd line. If not, he can play all three forward spots on the 4th line, and be an efficient penalty killer.
He's good for around 20 points, but if he's put in a bit more of an offensive role, he could contribute more. He put in a 21 goal, 24 assist season his first year in Colorado, but then was snakebit at the begining of the following season, despite still getting numerous chances, so he kinda settled back into a more traditional defensive checking role. If he does end up scoring more, expect to hear him sarcastically brag about being a big scorer in junior.
He's also very active in the community, and is one of the best interviews you'll get from your players. Very funny, up beat, and smiling all the time, and always seems like the kind of guy who could get along with anyone. He'll become a fan favorite pretty quickly, especially given the fact that he's the first guy to stick up for a teammate. He doesn't really fight heavyweights, but he usually fights guys bigger then him, and does pretty well given he's a pretty smart fighter.
The rumored three years may be a bit too long, but the value is ok at $1,166,667. He'll be 37 going into his last year, and with his smart play, and leadership, it's possible he could still be worth it by then, depending on the cap, and how up against it you guys are. Enjoy him in Philly, he'll be missed by Avs fans.
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