From Eklund again! Lapointe sign in Ottawa 4 year 2.1M!!
I read it too, that sucks!
with Eklunds, its anyones best guess as to whether this has actually happened or not.
Would you mind giving me an explanation as to why this sucks?
Cuz I’m a Leaf fan!
And you think Lapointe is going to make a difference at all?
We’re a trade rumor site, so in a way i can accept his rumors, but i only put his stuff as speculation because he has been a total bust.
WoW Guy Lapointe is coming out of retirement? I wonder if he has anything left in the tank?
Well I hope Muckler didint spend 2.1 Million let alone 4 years, on a right wigner that will play on the 4th line come one ! This one has got to be all fake .,.. Ottawa already has the best right wing in hockey with ALFIE, HOSSA, and HAVLAT .. And they will sign Hossa and Havlat before they sign Lapointe !! This is just ridiculous !! EKLUND U DONT KNOW CRAP
Agreed Mikster, everyone can speculate, it just pisses me off to try and charge money for it.
If this is true, Muckler should be shot. They have one RW too many as it is, why would they sign another? They need a solid 2nd line center, not a 3rd line RW that will put up maybe 40 points.
It does make sense, the Sens need a PENALTY KILLER after White left and Lapointe can do that, but Eklund is porpbably wrong anyway, then again if you wanted to win a cup…….
They need a rough center not a wing.
I would love Lapointe to Ottawa,he would bring much needed grit and experience along with strong
defensive play.Yes he is a right wing but if i remember correctly Murray did make an allusion to
putting Havlat on the left to give him more ice time
which would make sense.Lapointe would be a perfect third rightwinger in this scenario.The way i`d see it we are missing a true 1st line center,i dont know why they kept Smolinski.Here`s my line up with Lapointe:
Of course i would rather see a better 1st line center.
Murray said that he will try both Havlat and Fisher at LW.
The Lapointe line would be an awesome checking line, and he really helped Patrice Begeron out in Boston. In fact, Bergeron lived at Lapointe’s house for a while. Perhaps he could do the same with Vermette.
With Lapointe in (and the Havlat-Fisher left wing), I would probably sort my lines like this:
Havlat — Spezza — Hossa
Fisher — Smolinski — Alfredsson
Schaefer — Vermette — Lapointe
Varada — minor leaguer — Neil
ok, spezza is gonna be playing with alfi. Like he did all the year before. And this kid will break out this year in a big way. He put up 55 the season before, and just look for him to put up more big numbers, on any other team, he would be a star by now. And lapointe to ottawa is still a mistake. At 2.1 mil a year, u better do more than just kill penalties, and play on the 3rd line.
I don’t think it matters what team you are a fan of because once you have had the pleasure of seeing what Lapoint does for your team then you can get a good feel for what he brings to the bench. I think there may be some changes coming about in the league which “MIGHT” make skills such as some of Lapointes not as critical as they once were. His grity in your face and push you around style causes most players shy away from him or anyone that he wants you to stay clear of. Chippy along the boards and in front of the nets he can get the puck and score or make a great play so a teammate can score and makes no hesitation when deciding which to do. Usually his scoring contributions come when needed most by his team.
This is a pretty smart hockey player. If the new NHL changes in a way that will open things up for the “Skilled Players” then I think LaPointe will change his style and adapt but, it will take him a little time to do so. Not because he can’t adjust quick but, because just like any coach, player or fan we have all heard of this before with the league stating how the officials are going to call more of the hooking and neutral zone obstruction calls and the next thing you know its the post season and they are letting everything go. If the NHL holds true to it claim of more rules to open the offensive game up. I will not be shocked if he tops his all time high goals in one season within two seasons regardless of what team, line or amount of ice time he ends up with.
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