Archive for Ian Laperriere

Philly Sports Daily: Lappy Still Has a Presence

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags on February 14, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

IAN LAPERRIERE IS STILL A PRESENCE FOR FLYERS

“He’s part of our team.  Until he tells us he’s done.”

– Paul Holmgren, to Stephen Whyno of Philly Sports Daily

…This is a GREAT read.  For all the Lappy fans out there, you surely will appreciate this one.  It’s awful how he can’t compete given his concussion symptoms, but it’s great to see that he’s still around the team and they even keep his locker ready to roll in the dressing room.  Little things like that can have a profoundly strong effect on team chemistry.  The Flyers are doing the right thing.

Video: Ian Laperriere Has the Full Support of Flyers Fans

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , on February 2, 2011 by Josh Getzoff

I first saw this today on Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy Blog, but I couldn’t resist:

…This fan is a lunatic, and Lappy’s reaction is priceless.  Gotta love playoff hockey in Philadelphia.  The Flyers would go on to win Game 6 against the Bruins, 2-1.  We all know what then happened on May 14, 2010.

Updates: Laperriere, Leighton Sidelined

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , on September 28, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

In case you were in another hemisphere this afternoon, you probably know the biggest news out of Flyers camp today as the team announced that starting goaltender Michael Leighton and winger Ian Laperriere will both miss extended time with injuries.

Leighton, the goaltender who miraculously led the Flyers to within two wins of the Stanley Cup last season after being a waiver-wire claim, was found to have a bulging disc in his back that will require the recently appointed starting goaltender in Philadelphia to miss at least a month of action.  While a bulging disc in the back is certainly nothing to play around with, the injury scarcely compares to that of Laperriere’s.

Ian Laperriere may be out of action for the Flyers for quite some time

The gritty Flyers winger who has quickly become a fan favorite in the City of Brotherly Love revealed today that he has been suffering from Post-Concussion syndrome, something that has been hampering the 36-year-old since he made an unexpected return from a brain contusion last season.  The condition will keep Lappy off the ice indefinitely, and in turn leave many to wonder if the Flyers handled the situation properly.  Anyone who has dealt with post-concussion syndrome knows it can be a pain and can linger for quite some time – just ask Keith Primeau, Simon Gagne, or even Marc Savard.  I’ll reserve judgment at this time on the situation, simply because  a lot of the details are still coming to fruition.

With that being said, however, I don’t blame Laperriere for playing last spring.  He’s a professional hockey player.  He’s grown up his whole life waiting for a chance to take a sip from Lord Stanley’s chalice and, perhaps in his mind, he felt that last Spring was his final go at it so he went out and gave it his all in what ended up being a losing effort.  You can’t fault a guy for wanting to win and wanting to be a part of the unit in crunch-time – Lappy is the ultimate team player.  He’ll be missed both on and off the ice.

With Laperriere out of the line-up, there suddenly becomes a bit of competition for the final Flyers forward slot.  To quote Eagles head coach Andy Reid: Bill Guerin, Ben Holmstrom, and Mike Testwuide, “Time’s yours.”

For more on Laperriere and Leighton’s injuries, check out this article here: FLYERS LEIGHTON OUT FOR A MONTH, LAPERRIERE INDEFINITELY

Best of luck to Lappy and Leights on each of them having a healthy and speedy recovery.

Training Camp: Shelley A Flyers Fan During Last Season’s Run

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , on September 21, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Who could’ve blamed Jody Shelley for rooting against the Flyers in last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs?  The Orange and Black did, after all, bounce his Rangers from the postseason chase on the final game of the regular season in a shootout and left Shelley with an entire off-season to ponder a heartbreaking defeat.  The victor of that game 82?  Well, those Flyers went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, and enter this season as the defending Eastern Conference Champions.

Shelley and Riley Cote rumble back in his San Jose days

Still, despite the agonizing loss, and the success of the team that got in instead of his Rangers, Jody Shelley cheered for the Flyers last season during the playoffs.  Shelley told CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio that he was cheering for “Philly in the end.  I was jealous all the way.  You guys beat us out.  You want to lose to the best.”

“Us,” according to Shelley in that quote, is his former team, the New York Rangers.  Now, “us” means his current set of colors: the Orange and Black of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Signed to a contract that many – this writer included – still don’t understand when he became a free agent on July 1st, Shelley will likely be a regular for the Flyers on the fourth line this season, working with Ian Laperriere and Darroll Powe until Blair Betts returns from injury.  As Panaccio points out, he gives the Flyers a bonafide “Tough guy,” something they haven’t had regularly in their line-up for a while.

One thing that impressed me about Shelley is the genuine excitement he seems to have in being a Flyer.  In the article, he talks about how the pictures of old Flyers smiling and their missing teeth that line the walls of the dressing room reaffirms in his mind the constant credos associated with Philadelphia: hard work, and very blue-collar.

While I don’t necessarily agree with Shelley’s price tag, there is no doubting that he’ll be a force on the Flyers fourth line this season.  Hopefully – who knows – he can rekindle that scoring touch he had against the Flyers the final two games of last season and be a bit of a scoring surprise as well.

For the full article from Panaccio, check out the link here: AS A RANGER, SHELLEY ROOTED FOR THE FLYERS

Player Report Card: Ian Laperriere

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , on July 6, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

NAME: Ian Laperriere

POSITION: Left Wing

Regular Season Statistics: 82 Games Played – 3 Goals, 17 Assists, 20 Points.  -1

Analysis:  When Lappy came to the Flyers via free agency last summer, many Flyers fans had their doubts.  While Laperriere had the reputation as a hard-working forward who loves to play the game, it was hard for many fans to fathom a mid-thirties winger to keep his intensity at an ultimate high.  Not that I’m one to boast, but I said from the get-go last off-season that there wasn’t a doubt in my mind Laperriere would be beloved in the City of Brotherly Love.  He plays with that blue-collar type of style, and wears his heart on his sleeve – two attributes that will make fans in this town go crazy over a particular player.  During the regular season, it was easy to love Lappy.  He took a puck to the face against Buffalo early on, went to the locker room and got stitched up after losing multiple teeth, and returned to the bench just a few minutes later to rejoin the action.  Even though he is nearing “Senior Citizen Status” in today’s NHL, he still managed to compete in every single regular season game, and his status in Flyer fandom has risen quite a bit in the process. 

Postseason Statistics: 13 Games Played – 0 Goals, 1 Assist, 1 Point.  -3

Analysis:  As if fans weren’t sold on Laperriere enough in the regular season, Lappy’s individual effort in the playoffs made him the sort of Philadelphia sports legend that is so rarely seen in this city.  Lapperiere took a Brian Rolston slapper TO THE FACE in Game Five of the Flyers’ first round series against New Jersey.  He suffered a concussion and a brain contusion and there was a time when doctors thought he was done for his career, let alone the remainder of the season.  Fortunately, Ian didn’t see it that way.  Pushed by his first career opportunity to play for the Cup, Laperriere battled back from serious injury in time to return for the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, and competed in all six games of the Stanley Cup Finals.  Sure, his statistics didn’t lead the playoffs – that was a given.  However, if anyone were to argue that another player displayed more heart during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they would be sorely mistaken.

FINAL GRADE: A

Reasoning:  Giving Ian Laperriere an “A” is quite different from dishing out the grade to many other players on this Flyers roster.  While normally offensive statistics would be heavily factored into the equation, this is not the case with Lappy.  Instead, I grade Laperriere based on what he’s worth – and, as a locker room guy and leader, it’s a helluva lot.  Laperriere has been well-liked by his teammates nearly everywhere he’s been, and this situation is no different.  In fact, I think some of the younger Flyers were even in awe of Lappy’s determination, desire, and just flat-out love in playing the game of hockey.  It will likely rub off on them, which can only mean good things for the Flyers.  As far as this season is concerned, with two more years remaining on his contract, it’s safe to say that the Ian Laperriere Experiment – for the first season, at least – was a rousing success.

Updates: Carcillo Defines ‘Postseason Warrior’

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Yesterday, the Flyers received a huge jolt to their line-up as they welcomed back Ian Laperriere and Jeff Carter from injury.  The two had been on the shelf for all of the second round, and all the previous three games of the first round, each nursing serious hockey injuries (Lappy with a broken orbital bone and brain contusion, Carter with a broken foot).

Carcillo has seen dramatic improvements in his play this season

However, as two players entered the Flyers’ line-up yesterday, that also meant that two players would have to come out.  Andreas Nodl, although he played exceptionally well in his brief playoff stint with the Flyers, certainly was the first option.  The second option, however, wasn’t nearly as clear an option for Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette.  In the end, it wound up being the Flyers’ biggest pest and agitator, Dan Carcillo.

As Frank Seravalli writes today in his blog Frequent Flyers, Carcillo has been nothing short of defining what the playoffs are all about this postseason.  Taking the scratch in stride, Seravalli acknowledged that Carcillo said the line-up the Flyers had yesterday in that situation gives them the best chance to win.  It’s a great read, and sheds some light on the improvements that Dan Carcillo has overcome this season to become a more complete and effective player in the Orange and Black.

Check out Seravalli’s article here: CARCILLO IS WHAT PLAYOFFS ARE ALL ABOUT

Updates: Orange and Black…and Maroon?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

As the Philadelphia Flyers prepare to find out their second round opponent in the next 12 hours or so, the team does so in desperate need of a lift after losing three of their top 12 forwards to injury the past week.  Jeff Carter (broken right foot) and Ian Laperriere (brain contusion, concussion) have been lost for basically the entire playoffs, while Simon Gagne (broken toe) will miss a large chunk of the upcoming Conference Semi-Finals series.

In the series clinching Game Five win last Thursday in Newark, the Flyers got by without Gags and Carts, using Ville Leino and David Laliberte as replacements.  While it is expected the two may remain on the active roster for the upcoming series, there will need to be one more spot filled with the loss of Lappy for the remainder of the playoffs.  Who do the Flyers bring in to fill the gigantic hole left by Ian Laperriere?  Will it be grit and toughness in a player like Riley Cote?  Or will the Flyers look more towards the skill side of things and bring in a Jon Kalinski or Andreas Nodl?

What about a little bit of both in Patrick Maroon?

Shown here in pre-season action, Maroon would give the Flyers another big body

Maroon, a 22 year old power forward, was a long shot to make the Flyers roster in Training Camp this past summer, and instead spent the entire season with the Flyers’ main AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.  In his second year of professional hockey, Maroon ranked once again in the top half of the scoring leaders for the Phantoms, tallying 11 goals and 33 assists for 44 points in 67 games.  In 2008-’09, Maroon notched 23 goals and 54 points.  However, scoring isn’t the only aspect of Maroon’s game that might make him a tangible weapon for the Flyers moving forward.  Maroon finished third on the Phantoms with 125 penalty minutes, and isn’t afraid to mix things up physically on a consistent basis.  Given his frame – 6’4”, 225 – who can blame him?  Still, he’s not fully matured as a player and the Flyers run the severe risk of throwing him out there and having Maroon be in way over his head with the intensity of playoff hockey.

While that argument can certainly be made, I am one who is against it.  My thoughts are the following: although he’s been great this year, I would be surprised if the Flyers resigned Arron Asham, especially when they have a feasible replacement already in-house in Mr. Maroon.  Why not get him out there now, on the biggest stage and on the highest pressure level, and see how he handles himself.  Chances are he will be a favorite to make the team out of Camp next year, but he can go a long way to solidifying that spot on the Flyers roster if he can make things happen in the playoffs – given he gets the opportunity.  Of course, this is purely speculation – the Flyers may not even end up going with Maroon in the upcoming series, however you have to like his chances.  The St. Louis, Missouri native has been working off and on in Flyers practices on a line with Dan Carcillo and Mike Richards.  If Richards is involved with Maroon, you know something may potentially be brewing for the Flyers moving forward.

Honestly, I don’t see many problems with Maroon joining the big club in the second round.  He’s a big body who can play physical and score points, and the Flyers will need all of that they can get come the beginning of round two.  Actually, come to think of it, there may exist one problem with the Maroon coming to the Flyers in round two: he wore #16 playing in Adirondack.

For some reason, I feel that’s the only part about him that wouldn’t fly for the Orange and Black in round two.