Georges Laraque made headlines this week in Montreal, as he commented on the Montreal Canadiens acquisition of enforcer George Parros. Laraque did not believe that Parros would be intimidating enough, as Parros is not what he would consider “a finisher.”
Laraque said Parros would fight anyone in the league, but he is more of a wrestler, than a knockout puncher. He believes this will not satisfy Canadiens fans desire for an enforcer.
When I first read his comments, I thought he was just a bitter, angry former Canadiens player, who is still mad at the organization for buying him out of his contract with the team back in 2010. However, having done a little research, I now agree with Laraque.
According to www.hockeyfights.com, Parros dropped the gloves nine times last year, and the only undisputed wins he had in those fights was against Nik Grossman of the Philadelphia Flyers, who fought once all season, and when he surprised Tampa Bay Lightning rookie defender Radko Gudas, after a questionable hit. So what I am saying is Parros isn’t exactly pounding on Colton Orr, although he can go toe to toe with the Maple Leafs tough guy.
This is not to be confused with saying Parros wont fight, or is not good at it. The fact is, his style of fighting is more of a grappler and wrestler, meaning he wont be knocking out Shawn Thornton next season, which is what most fans want to see from a tough guy.
However, he will drop the gloves with anyone in the league, if he feels the need to step in and defend a teammate, as seen here, in his second of two bouts with 6’8 John Scott of the Buffalo Sabres last season.
So next year, we can expect Parros to drop the mitts with anyone in the entire league, but he just wont be the most entertaining fighter in the NHL. He will throw some quick jabs, and use his innate ability to take a pounding, to hold his own against the toughest guys in the league.
Basically what Laraque was saying, is Parros is one of the toughest guys in the league, but not necessarily one of the best fighters.
As a fan of the Habs myself, I know how hard it is to agree with Georges Laraque. This time however, after much deliberation, I can see he might actually know what he is talking about.
To finish off this article, like Don Cherry always did with Rock em Sock em Hockey, here’s a few more scraps.