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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

END OF THE LINE FOR LAPPY?

We've seen this in Philadelphia before, so we should be numb to it by now, but each time it leaves an bigger, more indelible mark.

A Flyers source confirmed to me today that Ian Laperriere would not play for the remainder this season as a result of post-concussion symptoms resulting from blocking a shot with his face last April.

The worse news, according to a separate source, is that Laperriere may never play hockey professionally again.

According to the second source, the Flyers are debating whether to put Laperriere on the long-term injury list or to have him announce his retirement and simply deal with the cap hit for the next two seasons because of Laperriere's age.

The Flyers are not saying anything publicly about the situation, but it's a safe bet that it'll be a topic for internal discussion in the days ahead.

Laperriere was not immediately available to comment.

In other injury news, Michael Leighton has been placed on LTIR and will miss the first 10 games of the season at a minimum.

Also, Andreas Nodl was sent down to the Phantoms today, but will be recalled tomorrow to play against the Penguins. The move was purely for financial purposes.

I will update as I get more information.

1 Comments:

Anonymous flyerfreek said...

Wow. That hurts. Lappy is the man. Tough sob. Can't expect to get smoked in the head twice and be ok. Major loss. Just had his sweater made up. Huge skates to fill. Maybe Nodl-roni can make up the difference. Least he has wheels, and maybe the occasional goal. Maybe the Guerin move was a little premature. We need that extra veteran grit. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU IAN, WE LOVE YA.

October 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM 

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