The Penguins added size, grit and some nastiness to their lineup with the addition of Maxim Lapierre from the St. Louis Blues.
Lapierre, who was acquired in exchange for Marcel Goc, has 570 career penalty minutes in 579 NHL games over his 10-year career. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound forward is known for being an agitator and playing on the edge – and sometimes over that edge.
“He’s a big guy. He plays with energy. He plays with an edge at times,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said. “It seems that we’re getting into more physical games than I would have expected. He will help that group of guys that we already have, (Steve) Downie, (Zach) Sill, (Robert) Bortuzzo, those guys.”
Lapierre, who will replace Goc on the team’s penalty killing unit, has played in 75 career playoff games, totaling 144 penalty minutes. Lapierre was a part of two deep runs with the Montreal Canadiens (including beating the Penguins in 2010) and the Vancouver Canucks’ Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2011.
“(His playoff experience) factored in,” Rutherford said. “He has had a couple of real good runs in the playoffs. He’s a hard guy to play against, especially once you get into those playoff series.”
Rutherford and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong have been discussing the deal for a few weeks. They finally pulled the trigger Tuesday night.
“I think this is a good addition for us,” Rutherford said.