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George Parros was acquired to add toughness.
It was obvious that Montreal was outmatched physically in last year's playoffs. General manager Marc Bergevin knows this and made his offseason moves accordingly.
He acquired enforcer George Parros from the Florida Panthers for Philippe Lefebvre and a seventh-round pick. He signed 6'3", 245 lbs defenseman Douglas Murray to a one-year contract. He also re-signed Ryan White, one of the more physical forwards on the roster.
But are these moves really going to make Montreal a tougher team?
Murray should help replace the physicality that will be missed during Alexei Emelin's absence, but the real problem last season was up front.
Both Parros and White will strictly be fourth-line forwards, meaning they're only likely to get a handful of minutes each game—assuming they even get into the lineup on a regular basis.
Montreal's top-nine forwards look remarkable similar to last season with just one change. Michael Ryder (6'0", 198 lbs) is gone and will be replaced by Danny Briere (5'9", 174 lbs). Granted, Ryder doesn't play much of a physical game, but adding Briere certainly won't stop opposing players from taking runs at the Canadiens forwards.
When White and Parros are in the lineup, their jobs will be to bring a physical aspect to Montreal's game. It remains to be seen if their presence on the fourth line will be effective in providing a little intimidation.