Re: Ian Laperriere
posted at 3/11/2011 12:35 PM EST
In Response to Ian Laperriere
[QUOTE]Today I heard one of the most enlightening conversation from a "hockey player", Ian Laperriere, still is a Flyer but not playing. I posted the link below and maybe , if you understand french, you could listen to the interview, Good stuff and have the highest respect for this guy. He made the listeners understand that's he was a Habs fan growing up and will always be one at heart. He's the expert on the ice, he said there's no way Chara is thinking " I think there's a turnbuckle, I'm going to hit him into it" the game is too fast. He also went to say at most in that game it was an interference call, even if they gave Chara 1-3-4 games Montreal would not have been happy and all that happened would have still happened. It's not the first time he puts the Montreal media and their fan base in their places. The last time was back in February in that famous fight filled game. He told everyone that Boychuk was not a fighter and if Spacek wanted to fight it's fair game. Also said Campbell fight was fair and he didn't purposely remove his elbow pad to hit the guy. http://www.ckac.com/
Posted by BsLegion[/QUOTE]
Here's the translation of what was said by the player you respect :
He starts the interview saying : "We're talking about it in Philly, but not in the same way as in Montreal. I agree with what is going on in Montreal, but here, there is no protests. We don't bring anyone to court. We look at the events from the outside. In Montreal, there's more emotions. We love our Habs, so emotions are involved, and rightly so... Listen, it's hard to see a young player like Pacioretty go down like he did. But here, they see it more like an accident, and not an intent to hurt another player."
"I don't think Chara knew the stanchion was coming. But when he says he didn't know who it was, he's lying. He's a lyar. We all know who's on the ice, especially when you have a history with the player, you know he's on the ice. I couldn't believe he said that. I think he wanted to shove him over the bench and the post was there. And if he knew the stanchion was coming, he's a lot more vicious than I thought he was."
"Looking at it from the outside, he didn't deserve a suspension, considering the actual rules. There was only interference. And whatever the suspension some people would have been mad anyways."
"Our we surprised (the players) ? I've been saying this for years, and for years, ppl have told me to shut up, 'cause we're making millions. I tell ppl we're pieces of meat. A lot of owners see us as replacable pieces. It's a business, I understand that. And when you put your skates on, you have to understand that there are chances that you get hurt. Geoff Molson's letter shows he doesn't think like that. But I know there's a lot of owners who don't care if there players get hurt, 'cause they'll replace them with other players."
"There's no immediate solutions. You got Chara, 6 foot 9... there'll be some head shots. You can't tell them not to hit. But there are checks from behind, elbowing... Komisarek on Carcillo yesterday... Kubina... etc. But Chara, it's something else."
"What do you want players to do ? Think about it. They don't care about us. We can't go in there and tell them what to do. They'll tell us to stay home... It's impossible. We're a product. We're not owners. We're supposed to have a partnership with the owners... that's a real joke... there's no partnership whatsoever between players and owners."
"Geoff Molson's letter is great, but next week, he'll have to talk before the 29 other owners and say it's enough. Give them 20 games supensions and they'll think twice before doing it, I tell you. But as players, we can't do anything..."
"I didn't say it wasn't an accident in Montreal. I didn't say it didn't deserve a suspension. I'm saying whatever the suspension, ppl wouldn't have been satisfied. I don't want to say it was a good thing, but the fact that it happened to a Habs player might lead to a change in the NHL."