I'm just doing a little background on this guy's downfall in Montreal, and it seems (outside of his playoff run last year) he started to fall-off when Martin moved him to wing, and took away all of his PK time after Carbonneau was fired in 2009. It seems Carbonneau used him more as a shut-down player, and when coached properly the guy was a 15 goal scorer.
And Lapierre did request a trade out of Montreal; no real concrete reports on why, but common perception is he wasn't happy with how Martin was using him (notably taking away his PK responsibilities).
Why would we throw our 35 goal scorer to the 4th line where he would get 6min of ice time a night?
I think it was meant more as like a thought experiment.
What if the Canucks put Lapierre, Kelser, and Burrows on a line against, say, Edmonton, and told them "**** all that composure stuff, boys. Let's see who can get the most guys chasing them around the ice tonight. Extra points will be awarded for style and comedic merit."
Strolling through the various tubes of the inter-web, a couple of things stood out for me. One, a few Oiler fans were advising that the LA Kings SHOULD NOT try and light a fire under Dustin Penner. He is who he is and he will either buy into the coach's system or he will not.
On the other hand, the skinny on Max Lapierre is that Gillis and AV will should be able to rein in Max because he'll either buy in, or he won't play.
Don't know about you guys, but I'll take the guy you have to rein in over the guy you have to think about lighting a fire under.
That's just part of the calculation for the Canucks. If they save $100k over the course of the season, that's a benefit they get from the trade. The Ducks are essentially buying (improved) assets in this case.
That makes sense since the Ducks are flush with cash and the Canucks are skint, well it would if it wasn't the other way around. I have to think Perrault is their emergency call up.
I doubt Penner will do any better in LA than he did in Edmonton.
I think statistically he'll do better in LA...just a far better, more experienced supporting cast of offensive talent. But he is what he is at this stage and I don't think we'll see him break into superstar "big intimidating power forward" territory. He's a big man with good hands.
Is he the next great power forward? Nope. Is he a big body that can score a decent amount, and has had solid playoff performances that helped his team en route to a Stanley Cup? He fits the bill on that one.
He's a solid extra threat for the Kings. That's been something missing for them for a long time, much like a 4th line's been missing for us. They addressed their needs and we addressed ours. If the Canucks had gotten him for a similar package, we'd be singing and dancing about how perfect of a fit he was for Kesler.