Ultimately, his long term health, his family, and his life are far more important than his job. I hope he's able to return to the game at some point, but if he's played his last NHL game, I'm glad we had the chance to see the kind of player and teammate he is first hand. He should have been a Flyer all along.
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.
Courier-Post Exclusive Interview with Ian Laperriere, who has been told by doctors that his NHL career is over:
What are the doctors telling you?
They say I damaged my eye, the nerve in the back of my eye, and there’s pretty much nothing they can do. I don’t want to have surgery on my eye, either. It’s something I can deal with everyday.
How is your eye sight?
My eyesight is 20/20 on one side and 20/15 on the other. But when I get the lights going and there’s movement around me, my eyes kind of blur and it gets worse and worse and I feel like I’m not myself and that’s the thing that scares me and that’s why I can’t play, because I’m not there when I’m on the ice. I’m there, but I’m not there. I’ll be 37 in a couple months and you can’t just miss that second. You’re going to get killed.
Are the doctors concerned about hurting it more if you get hit again?
They just don’t want me to get hit again. How am I going to feel on the next hit if I feel this bad right now? It is what it is., I wouldn’t change anything.
I know it's been said that Lappy didn't give his complete "honesty" to Homer during the summer and that Homer had no idea... but with the recent news about all this it makes me think that a lot of the moves this summer were to fill in someone like Lappy's spot and he sort of had an idea. Just saying...
He gets his money regardless, it is just a matter of who gives it to him (insurance or Snider) and if it counts against the cap or not.
At least, that is how I understand it.
That's only if he took out insurance on himself. TEAMS take out insurance that will pay the contract in a situation like this (though, I doubt they insured Lappy's deal given that it's relatively modest and at his age the premium might have been up there). If he "retires" then he forfeits the contract... if he doesn't retire but is out due to injury (as is obviously the case here), then he continues to collect his check.