Ian Laperriere Set to Retire

Posted: June 9, 2012 in Flyers

According to multiple sources, Philadelphia Flyers winger Ian Laperiere will announce his retirement following the conclusion of this year’s Stanley Cup Finals.

This does not come as a surprise to many, as the 37 year-old Laperriere has not played since Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.  However, he has not been able to retire because of restrictions in the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement regarding players signing contracts after the age of 35. Had he retired, his salary would have been held against the Flyers. Instead, Laperriere was placed on long-term injured reserve, which is for players who are unable to play for an extended period of time. In doing that, the Flyers avoided a cap hit which allowed them to bring in other players.

Laperriere signed with the Flyers as a free agent in 2009 and signed a three-year 3.5 million dollar contract. Though he only played one year of that contract, he quickly became beloved for his willingness to sacrifice himself, whether it was in a fight or blocking a shot. He suffered several injuries while blocking shots, most notably in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2010 which required him to wear a facemask for the remainder of the series.

Now that his contract has expired, Laperriere will officially announce his retirement after the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Fortunately, Laperriere told French- speaking site Canoe.ca that, despite his injuries, he is “Able to have a normal life. But have a normal life and playing in the NHL, this is not the same thing”. 

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