LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 22: Ian Laperriere of the Philadelphia Flyers poses for a portrait during the 2011 NHL Awards at the Palms Casino Resort June 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
According to a French-language report from QMI -- an old report that's suddenly relevant now that the Stanley Cup Finals are near their end, Ian Laperriere will indeed retire after the Finals. We can chalk this up into the "duh" category, but that doesn't mean it's any less significant.
Lappy will go down as one of our all time favorite Philadelphia Flyers for his legendary dive in front of that puck in Game 5, not to mention everything else he did as a player and a person during his time in Philly, and we can only hope he sticks around town a little bit longer as he ventures into retirement.
As we all know, Lappy's retirement didn't come sooner -- at least officially -- because the Flyers would have been stuck with his salary cap hit for the remaining two years that were left on his deal following his final game during the 2010 playoffs. So on long-term injured reserve he stayed, even as he appeared on CSN throughout the 2011-12 season, and even as we all knew his playing days were over.
Enjoy retirement, Lappy, and thanks for being an incredible Flyer.