Official Press Release Regarding Max

Maxim Lapierre traded to Anaheim

in return of Brett Festerling and a fifth round pick in 2012

Friday, 31.12.2010 / 4:53 PM / News
Montreal Canadiens

SUNRISE – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Friday that the team acquired defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth round pick in 2012 from the Anaheim Ducks, in return for Maxim Lapierre. Festerling is scheduled to join the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs.

Festerling, 24, was held pointless in one game with the Ducks this season. The 6’01” and 210 lbs defenseman registered eight assists in 83 games since he first joined the NHL back in 2008-09. In 32 games with the AHL Syracuse Crunch this season, Festerling has amassed 12 points (three goals, nine assists), with 41 penalty minutes and 48 shots on goal. Two of his tallies were on the power play.

Festerling played his junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans and the Vancouver Giants in the Western Hockey League between 2001 and 2007. He registered 69 points (15 goals, 54 helpers) in 314 games, leading the Giants to the President Cup and to the Memorial Cup in 2006, as their team captain.

A native of Prince George, BC, Festerling signed with the Ducks as a free agent on September 14, 2005.

Maxim Lapierre registered eight points (five goals, three assists) in 38 games with the Canadiens this season. He served 63 penalty minutes and was credited with 104 hits, with an average time on ice of 11 minutes and 41 seconds.

Since he first joined the NHL, Lapierre has amassed 80 points (40 goals and 40 helpers) and served 284 penalty minutes in 293 NHL regular season games with the Canadiens.

10 thoughts on “Official Press Release Regarding Max”

  1. Three quick things I wanted to note here:

    1) This guy probably knows Price. They both played for the Tri-City Americans.

    2) In my opinion, the trade is more for the 5th round pick than it is for getting Festerling.

    3) This team does the right thing by letting people who want a chance to develop their careers go. We’ve seen it with Halak, Guy Boucher, and now Lapierre. It’s not right to hold back people. But how this hurts or helps us, I think only time will tell. That being said, I hope they never let go of Kirk Muller. HNIC has made me realize how important he is to the team.

    Happy new year Dennis!

  2. Maybe he’ll help, Habby. It seems, though, that we have a few too many defencemen now. And you’re right, let them go if things aren’t going good for them and the team. Happy New Year, Habby. May you discover a money tree in your backyard.

  3. Danno, Mike Milbury will have something to say about this. Milbury’s never been shy about showing how much he dislikes Max.

  4. OMG we finally won one. 48 shots to win 3-2 in OT ffs???????

    I guess I’m goin’ to wake up in Kansas!

    With apologies to folks in Kansas, as -I’ve heard it’s not as bad as all that

  5. It seems like we got the short end of the stick on this deal. Maxim should be worth more than a 5th rounder and a body to sit on the Bulldog’s bus. Loser trades for draft picks are usually done at the trade deadline so it makes me think there is something to these rumours that Lapierre was becoming a problem in the dressing room. Or it’s a salary dump and we can hope for a bigger trade to come. Come on Gauthier, show me what you’ve got cooking.

  6. That’s a good one, Michel. And maybe Milbury and the rest of those dudes stop hating the Habs so much now that Public Enemy no. 1 is gone. But somehow I doubt it. Why am I kidding myself. Milbury etc. will continue to cheer for everyone but them.

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