(CKAC Sports) - After wearing the same uniform for five years, Maxim Lapierre change of address for the second time in two months .... And he will not complain.
Traded to the Anaheim Ducks on December 31 this year, Quebecers will now continue his career with the Vancouver Canucks. He will find one of his former coaches, but also a former teammate.
"It's a good change and a good team," he told CKAC Sports few minutes after hearing the news. I found Alain (Vigneault) who directed me in junior and I found (Chris) Higgins, then that's good news today. "
Although he played only 21 games in Anaheim, the striker 25 has hinted that he would never become a player happy in California.
"My style is based on emotion, and here it's different (Anaheim). Supporters do not care a bit, this is not the same atmosphere as in Canada. It's a good thing for me to go to Vancouver. I need this for my energy. "
In 59 games this season, the agitator has collected only 11 points. It is the first to admit, he knows quite a disappointing season.
"In my head I think it could start my career," chanted a Maxim Lapierre positive. It does not go as well as I would like, it will not hurt either, but the style of team and coach who could revive me. "
If Vancouver is an attractive destination, his place in the starting lineup is far from assured. The good news in his case is that the Canucks have just demote Cody Hodgson - their first choice in 2008 - since it did not work on the fourth unit. Lapierre knows that nothing will be easy, but he thinks it's fair game.
"It's a good challenge, it keeps the players honest and good in-house competition is good for the team. "
In addition to having to "endure" Alex Burrows, teams now face the Canucks may have to also deal with the "tiring" Maxim Lapierre.