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Former Florida Panther George Parros (right) and Toronto Maple Leaf Colton Orr.
You can also add Briere, Desharnais and Gionta to this slide, with the latter two still coming out as losers overall. Nevertheless, trading for the 6’5”, 228-pound George Parros will help to protect Montreal’s lucrative, small-sized investments like the 5’9”, 178-pound Brendan Gallagher (who has a curious and impressive knack for standing up for himself anyway).
By signing Briere, Montreal will have as many as four top-six forwards 5’10” or shorter and 180 pounds or lighter. That is not generally a recipe for success. As such, Bergevin just got himself an insurance policy that excessive liberties will not be taken against any one of them or anyone else for that matter as Parros immediately becomes the biggest member of the Habs.
Parros notably went 4-4-1 in fights last season, according to HockeyFights.com. During his career, he has earned unofficial victories over such players as New York Islander Matt Martin, Toronto Maple Leaf Frazer McLaren, Phoenix Coyote Paul Bissonnette, Ottawa Senator Chris Neil and even the late Derek “The Boogeyman” Boogaard.
So, when former Habs enforcer Georges Laraque says, via TSN, “I’m sure when the Canadiens signed Parros, the Bruins and Shawn Thornton were relieved. In Ottawa and Toronto, they were relieved,” it’s somewhat laughable.
Firstly, one has to wonder if Laraque understands the meaning of the word “relieved,” seeing as Montreal didn’t really need to acquire an enforcer at all.
It’s not as if it had the option of going with Boston Bruin Milan Lucic and then out of nowhere Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon called, prompting Bergevin to shush everyone in the Habs war room and yell out: “Hold up on that Lucic for Desharnais deal! George Parros might be available!”
No, that would be ludicrous, on really a whole bunch of different levels. It’s also a rich assessment coming from the mouth of a guy who, in two seasons as a Hab, fought only 13 times. Parros, in 452 career regular-season games, has fought 149 times.
So, Laraque may have his opinions on the acquisition, but the fact of the matter is when all one has to do to answer for indiscretions on the ice is say, “No, Georges. I’m really not up for fighting you tonight. Appreciate the offer, though, ” you might be the one who isn’t all that intimidating.
Parros, on the other hand, will do just fine, thank you very much, and the Habs are unquestionably tougher now than they were at the end of last season. So, even if, say, the Leafs are happier that the Habs got Parros instead of someone else, they should still be fearing them to a greater extent.