The Montreal Canadiens have announced that Maxim Lapierre has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks for 24 year old defenceman Brett Festerling and a 5th round draft pick in 2012.
While Lapierre’s offensive numbers have lacked this season (5 goals, 3 assists in 39 games), his terrible -7 +- rating paired with his recent scrap with PK Subban, were likely his tickets out the door.
I was always a fan of Max’s irritating behaviour, but he just never backed it up with any decent numbers on the stat sheet. I, like many others, felt it was time for him to go.
Brett Festerling is a young defensive minded defenceman who has played 83 NHL games and notched 8 points all assists. He has an NHL career +4 rating and has piled up 218 hits and 67 blocked shots. This move makes it clear that Gauthier is actively looking to get a youth movement happening in his aging defensive core.
The 5th round pick in 2012 will serve as a direct replacement for the one lost in the acquisition of James Wisniewski for a 2011 second rounder and 2012 5th rounder.
What this means is, Gauthier, in the last few days has upgraded the defence immensely, moved a locker room cancer in Lapierre, possibly upgraded his 2012 fifth round draft pick (depending on team finishes) all for the price of a measly 2nd round draft pick, which was a freebie for not signing 1st round pick David Fischer. Well done Gauthier!