Get Us The Greek: George Parros Is Montreal Bound

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This, to those unfamiliar, is George Parros.  He was the resident tough guy of the Florida Panthers until both he and his fabled mustache, the most chronicled hockey ‘stache since Lanny MacDonald, found their way to Montreal in a bargain exchange for Phillipe Lefevbre and a 7th round draft selection in 2014.  Considering that in 2006 he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2nd round pick from the Colorado Avalanche, this is an unabashed steal regardless of age.

So Mr. Bergevin did not happen to address the evident, resounding need for size with Daniel Briere and it may still be needed in another top six forward spot.  He did, however, address the need for a legitimate heavyweight scrapper, Parros being considerably larger than resident middleweight Brandon Prust.  This is the only viable reason why Montreal Canadiens fans are unanimously rejoicing for his arrival when his largest seasonal point total is just 10 points (5 goals, 5 assists) in 74 games played and last year he only managed a goal and an assist in 39 games.

The fans of Les Glorieux are obviously satisfied with the level of snipers, playmakers and speed that Daniel Briere’s acquisition was met with controversy.  In a start contrast, when fourth liner George Parros arrived, it sounded as throw the next step could only have been throwing a parade for the 33 year old enforcer and no less that unlike Briere, he’s not even a Quebecer.

Parros hopes not only to step in with the gloves off but to contribute in other areas.  Admirable as his intentions may be and that any and all offence in Montreal is welcome, his role seems already to be very clear cut and the hopes for fulfilling expectations are both in place and realistic.

Marc Bergevin was quoted on Parros, citing that not only was he not finished adding to this team but that he looks to Parros for much the same reason as he looks to any of his acquisitions: character.  Parros will provide a great deal of support taking on some of the larger opponents that Brandon Prust, a more point productive 3rd or 4th liner, would have had to take this past season.  In spite of Prust perhaps being very well tough enough to do so in standing toe-to-toe with considerably larger opponents, the support is as appreciated as it is necessary to keep options and depth open.

Between the ideal fourth line of Prust-White-Parros and the reasonable thought that Jarred Tinordi will be an NHL level mainstay this year, the belief that these Canadiens will be pushed around physically is quickly coming to an end.

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