December 31, 2010
As Francois Gagnon of La Presse first reported today, the Montreal Canadiens have traded disgruntled forward Maxim Lapierre(notes) to the Anaheim Ducks. The return? Current AHL defenseman Brett Festerling(notes) and a 2012 fifth-rounder.
Wait, what? Didn't know Maxim Lapierre was disgruntled? From Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out:
Martin McGuire on CKAC reports Lapierre has complained of his limited ice time in Jacques Martin's system. He also had been dropped from the team's PK rotation.
Yvon Pedneault, on CKAC, says Lapierre has been unhappy for a month. The radio station has gone into mourning at the loss of a homeboy. We can expect Verdi's Requiem momentarily.
Great line, but can't compare to the guy who wrote: "Alexandre Despatie is again Quebec's top diver." Ouch.
Look, there's no denying Lapierre is one of the League's dirtiest, sneakiest, most nefarious players. And that might be putting it kindly. But he's also a guy that can do this to help force a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Of course, he's also the guy that does this, which is why Lapierre's contributions as a functional fourth-liner are overshadowed.
UPDATE: Max talks to the LA Times --
"We had a discussion. I didn’t really ask to be traded but I wanted to know where things were at for me,” he said. “I asked if I was part of their plans and they pretty much said no.
“When Guy Carbonneau was our coach I played 15 to 17 minutes a game. I played 14, 15 last year in the playoffs and I always had good results.”