Flyers sign Laperriere to three-year deal

According to a report from The Fourth Period, the Flyers have come to terms with former Avalanche right winger Ian Laperriere.  The deal is worth three years, $3.5 million.

Laperriere can play center, but is known best for playing the right wing.  The 35-year old veteran is known mostly for his grit, scoring just seven goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Avs last season.  However, he racked up 163 penalty minutes during that time.  He will either take over Mike Knuble’s winger spot, or man the third-line center position.

“Going through the year we had, I’m sure looking for a change in Philly,” Lapperriere told the media. “I don’t take losses easily and I’m sure a bunch of those guys don’t either.”

Laperriere plays a grinding, hard-working style that has earned him respect around the league.  Despite just being 6’1, he plays a big style and crashes the net with force.  He will likely man the third line and be another leader in the locker room for the orange and black .

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