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Laperriere Out for Playoffs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 28, 2010 by flyersfan44

Ian Laperriere after the game in which he was injured.

The Flyers got more bad news when they learned that winger Ian Laperriere, who was hit in the face with a puck while blocking a shot in the last game of the series with the Devils, has a brain contusion and concussion and will likely miss the rest of the playoffs. After losing Jeff Carter and Simon Gagne to injury earlier, this is another real blow to the team. Laperriere was invaluable as a shot blocker, penalty killer and checking forward and the Flyers will really miss those elements plus his warrior-like persona. Now down three regular forwards, advancing through the playoffs has become much more difficult for the Flyers. Gagne may return during the next series but Laperriere’s defensive play is a major reason the Flyers defeated the Devils.

We love you, Lappy!

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Knuble Embraces Capitalism; Flyers Sign Boucher and Laperriere

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 1, 2009 by flyersfan44

Right wing Mike Knuble signed a two year deal with Washington for $5.6 million, rejecting a lower offer from the Flyers.  Knuble will be missed for his presence in front of the net on the power play, his consistent goal scoring and his maturity in the dressing room.  Now with Lupul traded and the loss of Knuble, the Flyers are down about 50 goals per season.  After losing Knuble, the Flyers signed veteran right wing Ian Laperriere from Colorado for three years/$3.5 million.  A good defensive forward with a proclivity to fight, Laperriere generally scores only about ten goals per season.  A higher scoring forward would have been nice; now the Flyers have four low-scoring fighters when you include Riley Cote, Aaron Asham, and Dan Carcillo.  This signing will allow at least one of them to be dumped, preferably Cote who scored zero goals last season and who loses about half his fights.  Flyers fans are grumpy about this as they were expecting a higher scoring forward to be signed.  The Flyers are evidently gambling that Briere will return to form and that Claude Giroux will have a really good season to replace the goals they lost.  Laperriere (and Chris Pronger) will help keep the shots against down, which absolutely has to happen, and he hates to lose. That’s a good thing – this team is too nonchalant about losing and now they’ve added three players (Emery, Pronger, and Laperriere) who will get in people’s faces when the effort isn’t there. (Hear that Jeff Carter?). This might actually all work out, but if it doesn’t and there’s early losses, things will get ugly at Broad and Pattison. 

Unhappy with test results on Niitymaki’s hips, the Flyers signed former Flyer goalie Brian Boucher from the San Jose Sharks for a pretty good price (two years/$1.8 million).  This is a decent signing – Boucher is a better goalie than he was when he was here before. He had a solid season in San Jose as Nabokov’s back -up, with a 2.18 GAA and .917 save percentage in 22 games.  New Jersey’s Scott Clemmensen signed with Florida for $1.2 million per season. The Flyers probably could have gotten him for that and he may be a better goalie than Boucher, but the cap-conscious Flyers opted for the less expensive goalie. 

Defensive forward Ian Laperriere will join the Flyers

Defensive forward Ian Laperriere will join the Flyers

Brian Boucher returns to Philadelphia

Brian Boucher returns to Philadelphia