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Agent: No talks between Lapierre and Canucks

May 29, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

Mark Recchi, Maxim Lapierre AP

A bottom-six center that loves to get under the opponent’s skin may be on the market this summer.

Agent Don Meehan confirmed today to News 1130 Sports in Vancouver that there have been no contract talks between his client, Max Lapierre, and the Canucks.

Lapierre is a pending unrestricted free agent. The 28-year-old is coming off a two-year deal with a cap hit of $1 million.

A veteran of 463 NHL regular-season games, Lapierre was traded to Vancouver from Anaheim in December of 2010. He was a solid contributor during the Canucks’ run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2011, even if some of his antics drew criticism.

This season, Lapierre had four goals and six assists in 48 games.

It’s not clear if the Canucks have any interest in re-signing the Montreal native. General manager Mike Gillis has said he wants his roster to get bigger and younger, and that may not leave a spot for Lapierre.

Brendan Gaunce — the 26th overall pick in last year’s draft — is one big, young center the Canucks would like to see in the NHL next season.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - May 29, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    They’re currently over the cap for next year with 17 players under contract, I think they’re likely more focused on shedding some payroll before they worry about their checking line center.

    • elvispocomo - May 30, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Considering Lappy made only $1M per on his last deal I don’t think his is a contract they’re worried about putting them over. But of course what you’re likely referring to is the other contracts that they’ll have to deal with before they know what room is left over to sign guys like Lappy (and a little matter of hiring a new coaching staff).

      Considering Roy is at least unlikely to re-sign for cheap and they spent much of the season looking for another center, even if Gaunce and/or Schroeder (who just had shoulder surgery) are ready, they’ll likely still need Lapierre around. Maybe they can use Lain instead on the 4th line but that’s putting a lot on young players in your bottom 6.

  2. dudermcrbohan - May 29, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    smell ya later brah

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