Today's Cupcakes are all about beloved Ex-Avalanche members.
A story about Lappy. With audio! Ian Laperriere talks about the concussion.
Laperriere: We were raised since we were little boys to suck it up and play through it… and I know it’s my brain. I’m not stupid. I know it’s more important than a knee. But at the end of the day, you don’t see the difference. You’re just sucking it up. If you see a kid get his bell wrung or anything like that, take him out of the game. You don’t ask him, because as athletes you’re used to saying "I’m OK."
"What’s it going to take?" he wondered aloud to his former Colorado teammate, Cody McLeod, during a golf outing last summer.
Many months later, Hendricks still remembers McLeod’s answer: "Matt, you’ve got to start fighting more."
Players like Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan and Wojtek Wolski play well for a few games and then go into extended droughts. The Rangers will have to win a lot of low scoring games but who will get them the two or three goals they need to win?