Ian Laperriere will formally call it a career this summer, according to a French-language QMI report.
Due to post-concussion syndrome, the Flyers’ 38-year-old forward hasn’t played since the 2010 Stanley Cup finals and it’s been a fait accompli for quite some time that he’d never do so again.
So, why did he wait so long to retire?
…because of rules in the CBA regarding players who sign contracts after the age of 35, he hasn’t been able to retire because, if he did, his salary would be held against the Flyers. Instead, Laperriere has remained on the team’s long-term injured reserve list, even while he’s appeared on CSN’s programming like Flyers Pregame Live and Postgame Live.
We also assume he wanted to keep getting paid until his contract expired on July 1.
Fortunately, Laperriere says he’s “able to have a normal life” even if playing in the NHL is out of question.