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Lapierre should get a turn with the Sedins


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#1 Sixteen W's

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:05 PM

Yes, I know he's a centre, but we've seen Roy play on the wing despite specifically being acquired to play centre. And the team had its best game recently so keep that lineup, but this is in case of injuries.

Lapierre's been a better player during the playoffs than the regular season. The Sedins can generate scoring chance with anybody, and they need players that can bury these chances.
For example, Kassian has played with everyone in our lineup, and he's been average to terrible with anyone but the Sedins.

Lapierre has a very good shootout record (6/11 career, 3/4 in his last four), which makes me think he could do a decent job at burying chances. He agitates, he's physical, and he can be clutch. He's at least worth a look with the Sedins in the future.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:10 PM

Lapierre is one of our best faceoff guys. We already have Burrows/Kassian to play with the Sedins and can produce.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:17 PM

Yeah, no thanks. We need him in the bottom 6 and we already have a couple of guys who can play there.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:18 PM

Maybe if it was earlier in the season, but not enough time now to develop chemistry. He is one of our best Centers so we need him to play that role, and he looked great last game with Hansen and Raymond.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:19 PM

Lappy is not a top line player. I wonder if AV has tried ROY yet....
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:33 PM

It didn't work in last years playoffs, so I see know reason to give it another chance.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:47 PM

Yes, I know he's a centre, but we've seen Roy play on the wing despite specifically being acquired to play centre. And the team had its best game recently so keep that lineup, but this is in case of injuries.

Lapierre's been a better player during the playoffs than the regular season. The Sedins can generate scoring chance with anybody, and they need players that can bury these chances.
For example, Kassian has played with everyone in our lineup, and he's been average to terrible with anyone but the Sedins.

Lapierre has a very good shootout record (6/11 career, 3/4 in his last four), which makes me think he could do a decent job at burying chances. He agitates, he's physical, and he can be clutch. He's at least worth a look with the Sedins in the future.


Oh! Oh! I know! Lets put all of our centers on wings!
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:47 PM

good idea, maybe not right time?
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 03:48 PM

He's not even a 2nd line player, not sure how he would do on the 1st then. But yeah, keep him in the bottom 6 where he's more effective.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:08 PM

Canucks don't have the depth to replace him in the bottom 6.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:32 PM

Yeah this would probably have been better for earlier in the season.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:44 PM

good idea, maybe not right time?


Considering our centre depth, I'd say bad idea, no time.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:50 PM

Lapierre is a good two way centre, but shouldn't be in the top six. He doesn't have the amount of scoring touch to compliment the playmaking and passing of the Sedins.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 05:56 PM

Might be a nice idea to reward him for his good play but ONLY if Roy moves back down to the 3rd line. Ebbet isn't good enough to be in our lineup, let alone as the 3rd line center.
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:16 PM

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:59 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing him centre Raymond and Hansen tonight
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:48 AM

I think that would be cool and we would score alot but i would love him to center the 3rd in the playoffs
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:13 AM

Considering our centre depth, I'd say bad idea, no time.


What do you mean the Canucks have tons of centre depth (Henrik, Kesler, Roy, Lappy, Schroeder, Ebbet) so we can afford to play a centre a wing but I agree this is a bad idea. Lapierre is more effective in the playoffs as a third line checker/pest, ala vintage Kesler or Dave Bolland.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 10:00 AM

Yes, I know he's a centre, but we've seen Roy play on the wing despite specifically being acquired to play centre. And the team had its best game recently so keep that lineup, but this is in case of injuries.

Lapierre's been a better player during the playoffs than the regular season. The Sedins can generate scoring chance with anybody, and they need players that can bury these chances.
For example, Kassian has played with everyone in our lineup, and he's been average to terrible with anyone but the Sedins.

Lapierre has a very good shootout record (6/11 career, 3/4 in his last four), which makes me think he could do a decent job at burying chances. He agitates, he's physical, and he can be clutch. He's at least worth a look with the Sedins in the future.


Only if I'm next.

Lapierre with the Sedins............don't you think AV's line selections are eccentric enough?
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:44 PM

He has his worst year as a canuck and now you want to put him on the first line?
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:49 PM

We need him as our 3rd line center.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 01:01 PM

He has his worst year as a canuck and now you want to put him on the first line?

How is it his worst year, he has 10 points when after 75 games last year he had 12 points, Im sure if he had established wingers who could play and keep up to him unlike sestito he would be much better, that is why i think he will do well with hansen
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:03 PM

Lapierre can be a good third-line center if he's got the wingers to back him up, put him with Hansen and Weise and tell them just to shut down the other team with skating and physicality.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:58 PM

We need him in the 3rd/4th line center role but I wouldn't mind seeing it for a few shifts.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:46 PM

Say wha?? Lapierre has hands of stones. Yeah, he skates well and hits but those hands man.

The Thing has softer hands than Max.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:49 PM

Say wha?? Lapierre has hands of stones. Yeah, he skates well and hits but those hands man.

The Thing has softer hands than Max.

He's a plumber. He's quick to get his hands dirty and do the job but he has no finesse.
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 10:53 PM

If you mean moving up to the 3rd line, then yes. If you mean moving on up to the top two lines, then no.. lol Lappy should have been our 3rd line center all season long, but for some weird reason he's been stuck on the 4th line. Next season I hope we re-sign Lappy and put him on the 3rd and we get a fourth line center that can be gritty and win faceoffs.. Konopka anyone, and Stoner for let's say Ballard? Yes, it could work! :excl: :excl:
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:19 PM

Say wha?? Lapierre has hands of stones. Yeah, he skates well and hits but those hands man.

The Thing has softer hands than Max.

I guess you haven't seen his shootout moves, slick hands better than Hansen.
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 12:37 AM

Lapierre has been highly effective as a replacement player when Daniel's been injured. The Lapierre-Henrik-Burrows line produced quite well in 2011-12. But Sedin-Sedin-Lapierre has been equally ineffective. I'm not exactly sure why, other than the fact that Henrik plays a different game when he's without Daniel from what he does when they're together.

The stats are pretty clear, however, and without posting a bunch of numbers, suffice to say that Henrik+Lappy=good and Daniel+Lappy=bad.

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So basically, Lapierre should only "get a turn with the Sedins" when it's with one Sedin, and only if that Sedin is named Henrik. Since this only would happen if Daniel was injured (or AV broke-up the twins because they were struggling), I don't think it's something anyone should hope for.

As others have said, Lapierre is more valuable (and is truly needed, considering the roster) playing his natural role and position centering one of the lines in the bottom-six and working on one of the PK units.
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Posted 27 April 2013 - 02:19 AM

He has his worst year as a canuck and now you want to put him on the first line?


This. One shootout goal in slow motion and suddenly he's a great player. He's been mostly awful this year. I say we don't even bother to re-sign him when the time comes. Betcha nobody else does either, certainly not for the money he will expect. I guarantee if he is in the NHL with another team next year it will be at a significant discount. We will probably keep him for too much money because MG likes to have lots of mouthy rats that dive on his team. The playoffs will make the decision for us.
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