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Ian Laperriere nears return because he is very manly

May 17, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Laperriere.jpgThings are looking up for the Philadelphia Flyers even on days when they’re not pulverizing their opponents 6-0. Earlier today, I shared the fact that Jeff Carter might return during the Eastern Conference finals. They could have more good news as Ian Laperriere  also hopes be on his way back.

Here’s the report from TSN.

Laperriere, who took a slap shot in the face in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, that caused a concussion and a brain bruise, was cleared for contact on Monday according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

Holmgren told the Flyers official website that Laperriere is closer to returning to the lineup than Carter.

It makes sense that with a guy as tough as Laperriere, he’d have to have a pretty hardcore injury to miss playoff time. Like, say, a freaking bruised brain. His brain is bruised. Seriously, that’s kind of horrifying.

The most mind blowing part is that he might be back before Carter. This news is an example of concentrated manliness.

  1. schtimpy27 - May 17, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    concentrated manliness?
    I call it complete and utter imbecility. Good Lord Ian, pack it in for (at least!) the season. Is he really so full of himself that he thinks he’s really that need for the team? Or are the Flyers so bad that they really do need someone like Ian Laperriere to be able to advance?
    Sorry, but brain injuries are a sore subject with me. My sister, a mother of three, has been reduced to a fraction of the proud person she was and completely taken out of her sons’ lives by a brain injury following an accident caused by a drunk driver. To think some guy playing a game is WILLINGLY putting himself (and his family) in danger of that predicament just so he can play a few games… just unthinkably shortsighted and selfish.

  2. Scott - May 17, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    With all due respect to your sister’s unfortunate injury, give Laperierre a break. He’s 36, he’s played in the NHL for 16 years, and his teams have never gotten past the second round. Playing for the Cup is every Canadian kid’s dream, and this may be his last and best chance. I don’t blame him for wanting to rejoin his teammates, particularly when he’s ostensibly gotten medical clearance to do so.

  3. Mathew - May 18, 2010 at 2:28 PM

    Sorry about your sister that sucks.
    But read the whole story he has been CLEARED for contact. Meaning the brain bruise is gone and that injury will not increase the chances of him getting another brain injury. Since congress has stepped in and got involved with brain injuries in american sports late last year that is what needs to be done before the player can return. It hasnt been made a law yet in America but the NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB have been following those guide lines since then because they know if they dont they will be called in front of congress again.
    No where in the country knows this better then Philadelphia. We went through this a couple of months ago with Brian Westbrook. The doctors who let him return were critized everywhere. So there is no way the Flyers teams doctors are going to let him play if their’s a chance the previous injury will effect him like it did Westbrook.
    So if they say hes cleared to play hes cleared to play.

  4. Zen - May 20, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    He was cleared my doctors. The MRI came up clean. I’m sure this isn’t the first time this has happened to him either. He says he will be wearing a full face shield to protect himself. Hope everything works out well.

  5. David - May 20, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Toughest guy on the ice. I am in Colorado and miss him every time I watch the Avs play. He is also a total class act off the ice. You should appreciate his comitment rather than hiding behind a computer crisizing him I wish Lappy only the best after watching him on and off the ice.

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