After making him a 2nd-round pick, number 61 overall, in the 2003 N.H.L. entry draft, the Montreal Canadiens have said goodbye to Maxim Lapierre. The Habs sent Lapierre packing yesterday, to Anaheim, in a deal that brings defenceman Brett Festerling and a fifth-round 2012 draft pick to the Canadiens.
Let it be known that Brett Festerling will not appear any time soon patrolling the Habs’ blue line. The book on Festerling is this: he’s a defensive disaster waiting to happen. At 6-1, 210 pounds, Festerling has some size, and he has some skill. However, he was unable to put that talent to good use in Anaheim, where he played a grand total of one game with the Ducks this season. He spent the rest of his time patrolling the blue line with the Syracuse Chiefs of the American Hockey League.
Since 2008-09, Festerling, Carey Price’s former team-mate with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, has appeared in 83 NHL games; all with the Ducks. My spies tell me that the only time the Ducks called upon his services was when the team ran into injury trouble. They simply ran out of patience waiting for the 24-old native of Price George, BC, to develop into a big-league defenceman, which is probably why he has bounced around such AHL outposts as Portland, San Antonio and Iowa during his checkered career.
At this point, Festerling is a depth player who reports to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, at a time when the injury bug has taken a bite out of the Hamilton blueline with Mathieu Carle on the shelf.
Which brings us back to Maxim Lapierre.
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