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11-19-2012, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by DAChampion View Post
Maxim Lapierre is the ideal 4th line center imo.

- Good faceoff percentage, including 52.1% last year;
- Good size, 6'2" and 207 lbs;
- Is among NHL leaders for drawing penalties;
- Is good on the penalty kill, averaged 1:08 on the PK last year for the elite Vancouver Canucks;
- Provides decent secondary scoring, with a career average of ~10 goals and ~10 assists per 82 game season.
- Is only 27 years old, and has a marginal injury history.
- Plays for a reasonable cap hit of 1,000,000/year.

I can see why we let him go. We really needed Brett Festerling and that 5th round draft pick.
Lapierre asked for the trade. He thought he could be more than a 3rd-4th liner. After Anaheim, he said it was a slap in the face. Gauthier had to deal with this. The return wasn't much, but maybe at the time the demand wasn't really high for a whinny 3rd liner.

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