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Lappy promises to be less yappy

Jan 7, 2013, 5:33 PM EDT

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One of the NHL’s most prominent pests is vowing to cut down the chirping.

In fact, he might not chirp at all anymore.

“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking,” Canucks forward Maxim Lapierre said Monday, as per The Province. “It’s going to be a physical game when we get back and I don’t think I’m going to talk as much on the ice. I even think I’m not even going to talk at all. I’m going to play my role and play physical. Do what I have to do and get back to the bench.”

With Ryan Kesler expected to miss the start of the season (and potentially much more), Lapierre, a center, could see his ice time increase dramatically from the 11:14 he received in 2011-12.

Add to the fact Manny Malhotra hasn’t been the same since his eye injury and Cody Hodgson was traded to Buffalo last year, and there’s a reason that 1) Vancouver will need Lapierre on the ice, not in the penalty box and 2) the Canucks are hoping to get a center in return for Roberto Luongo should they end up trading the goalie.

  1. madtolive5 - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I’m sure Shawn Thornton would still like the opportunity to shut him up…

    • elvispocomo - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      Ah, so his plan will be to get McQuaid to act like he’s going to fight Lapierre, then tag himself in once Lapierre drops his gloves? Sounds good.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        McQuaid would destroy him and doesn’t need any help sticking up for himself. This guy is pathetic.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:58 PM

        It seemed McQuaid did need help when Weise was going to fight him in the 2011 SCF. Thornton thought it best to step in and help him out that time, even though Weise had already fought earlier in the game. Thornton admitted afterwards (or was it Marchand that let the secret slip?) he was trying to trick Weise into fighting even though he knew Weise and McQuaid were looking to go.

  2. loinstache - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    Obviously a grating guy but he’s a good possession player who always sticks up or his liberates, even if he’s a piss poor fighter. Canucks would be foolish to not give him more time (hopefully become a fixture on the third line). Doubt his mouth will be shut once tempers flare though.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      You don’t have to like him (who liked Esa Tikkanen for instance, but everyone would have loved him on their team in his prime), but he is good at what he does.

  3. loinstache - Jan 7, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    *line mates, stupid autocorrect

  4. broadstbully33 - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Lappy is reserved for Ian Laparierre

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      I don’t think any player can claim sole possession of the old first-syllable-of-last-name-plus-“ie” nickname.

  5. soj83 - Jan 7, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I know Cooke was able to change his game last year, but i think it will be a lot tougher for Lapierre. At least Cooke would drop the gloves when he needed to, Lapierre still has a lot he has to stand up for in my opinion, and players on other teams will be trying to get under his skin more than ever.

    • loinstache - Jan 7, 2013 at 8:16 PM

      Lapierre was second in fights with 7 last year for the Canucks, and has one career suspension – 4 games for a boarding infraction when he played for Montreal, so I’m going to disagree with you based on those numbers.

  6. kitshky - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Don’t do it Lappy … it’s one of my pure joys in life!!

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Haha chirping is part of the game. He should focus on playing the game a little more though. He is halfway decent.

  8. dprouse - Jan 8, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    This sounds like those people you know who say they are quitting Facebook, and are then back four days later. I’ll believe this when I see it!

    • davebabychreturns - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

      Haha. I like Lapierre but I’m going to agree with this. Maybe it’s just part of the routine but he seems to enjoy getting under opponents skin a little too much to give it up for good.

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