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Boucher, Laperriere Join Flyers

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed free agent right wing Ian Laperriere and goaltender Brian Boucher to multi-year contracts, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

“[Laperriere] is a role player that can take a little bit of the burden off some of our other guys in other roles like penalty killing and face-offs,” said Holmgren. “He is a warrior-type player and very durable. He will provide us with lots of energy and is one of those types of character players that everybody is after.
Ian Laperriere, right, and Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler fight during third period NHL action in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday April 5, 2009. (AP Photo/THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

“Obviously Brian’s experience with not only our team but with other teams, he is a good guy to have on our team,” said Holmgren of Boucher. “He is capable. He has played in a lot of NHL games and he also has playoff experience. Brian is a guy who really wanted to come back here.”

“When Philly called, I got very excited,” said Laperriere of joining the Flyers organization. “They show their fans and they show their team that they want to win, and they’ll do anything to win. We have a lot of guys on this team that haven’t won yet, and they want to prove to the hockey world that they’re winners.”

“I’m happy to be back in Philly,” said Boucher. “It’s going to be great. I’m grateful to the Flyers, to Paul Holmgren and I love Philadelphia. Playing there and the excitement, there’s nothing like playoff hockey in Philadelphia and hopefully we have the team and pieces to come out of the Eastern Conference and challenge for the Stanley Cup.”

Laperriere, 35, recorded 19 points (7G,12A) in 74 games with the Colorado Avalanche in 2008-09. He led the team with 163 penalty minutes and appeared in his 1,000th game in the National Hockey League on Apr. 11, 2009 vs. the Vancouver Canucks. He spent the past four seasons with the Avalanche where he accumulated 40 goals and 72 assists for 112 points in 307 regular season games.

Over parts of 16 seasons in the NHL, Laperriere has recorded 118 goals and 198 assists for 316 points and 1,794 penalty minutes in 1,001 career regular season contests with the St. Louis Blues (1993-94 to 1995-96), New York Rangers (1995-96), Los Angeles Kings (1995-96 to 2003-04) and Colorado (2005-06 to 2008-09). He has also posted 12 points (3G,9A) and 96 penalty minutes in 54 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A native of Montreal, Quebec, Laperriere was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the seventh round (158th overall) of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.
Brian Boucher was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. (Getty Images)

Boucher, 32, posted a 12-6-3 record with a 2.18 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts in 22 appearances with the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09. He signed as a free agent with the Sharks on Feb. 26, 2008, where he recorded a 3-1-1 mark, 1.76 GAA and .932 save percentage in five contests after beginning the 2007-08 season with the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, and posted a 23-16-1 record with a 2.47 GAA and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts in 42 games.

Over parts of nine seasons in the National Hockey League with the Sharks (2007-08 to 2008-09), Columbus Blue Jackets (2006-07), Chicago Blackhawks (2006-07), Calgary Flames (2005-06), Phoenix Coyotes (2002-03 to 2005-06) and Flyers (1999-2000 to 2001-02), Boucher has compiled a 92-103-37 record, 2.71 GAA and .900 save percentage with 16 shutouts in 247 career regular season appearances. He also has an 11-8 career record in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting a 2.06 GAA and .916 save percentage.

In three seasons with the Flyers (1999-2000 through 2001-02), Boucher posted a 46-38-12 record, 2.45 GAA and seven shutouts in 103 regular season games. He was named to the 2000 NHL All-Rookie Team after winning a career-high 20 games and posting a league-best 1.91 GAA. He was traded by the Flyers, along with Nashville’s third round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, to the Coyotes in exchange for Michal Handzus and Robert Esche on June 12, 2002.

A native of Woonsocket, RI, Boucher was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Over parts of five seasons in the AHL (1997-98 through 1999-2000; 2005-06 and 2007-08), Boucher appeared in 119 career regular season games, compiling a 61-39-10 record, 2.66 GAA, .908 save percentage and six shutouts. In four seasons with the Phantoms (1997-98 through 1999-2000 and 2007-08), Boucher registered a 59-36-10 record, 2.73 GAA and six shutouts in 113 games, including a 9-7 mark and 2.82 GAA in 18 Calder Cup Playoff games. He was a member of the Phantoms’ 1998 Calder Cup Championship Team.

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