Originally Posted by Bronx33
''Ian has been an instrumental part of this club's success on and off the ice,'' said Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Francois Giguere. ''As an assistant captain, he provides a strong quality of leadership to our team.''
The 33-year-old Laperriere is coming off a 29-point season (8 goals, 21 assists) a year ago, his second-best point tally behind his first season in Colorado when he recorded career-highs in goals (21), assists (24) and points (45). During the 2006-07 campaign, Laperriere led all Avs forwards in hits (85) while leading the club in fighting majors (17), tied for second in the NHL.
During his two year stint in Colorado, Laperriere has missed only one game.
Hopefully they keep someone else on the roster who will drop the gloves. I thought that Lappy's role as the team's de facto tough guy really affected his offensive output.
A really great signing.