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Maxim Lapierre virtually begged to sign in Montreal

Maxim Lapierre

Vancouver Canucks’ Maxim Lapierre controls the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles, Saturday, March 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)


When Maxim Lapierre hit free agency this summer, he had his heart set on one particular destination and it wasn’t St. Louis. spoke with Lapierre (link in French) and finds out he did all he could to entice his old team, the Montreal Canadiens, into signing him. Here’s a poorly translated quote from the story.

“I did everything I could to get back with the Canadiens, but I did not figured in their plans,” he told the media at Hockey School Latendresse-Lapierre.

Lapierre spent the first five and a half seasons with Montreal before being traded to Anaheim on New Year’s Eve in 2010. He wound up signing a two-year deal with the Blues instead of landing back with the Habs this summer.

For a guy who doesn’t exactly have a great reputation you kind of feel bad for him that he couldn’t return home. We’ll likely forget all of that when he suits up for the Blues and finds new ways to terrorize the Central Division.

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