The Canadiens have acquired enforcer George Parros from the Florida Panthers in return for forward Philippe Lefebvre and a seventh round pick at the 2014 NHL draft (previously acquired from Florida during this year’s draft).
Parros, 33, posted 1-1-2 totals in 39 games with the Panthers in 2012-13 while accumulating 57 penalty minutes. He had 53 hits and averaged 6:36 of ice time.
Since his NHL debut in 2005-06, Parros has 35 points (18 goals, 17 assists) in 452 NHL regular season games. The 6-foot-5, 228-pound forward has served 1,007 penalty minutes. Parros has added 35 penalty minutes in 19 career NHL playoff games.
A native of Washington, Pa., Parros was selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the eighth round (22nd overall) at the 1999 NHL draft. Prior to joining the Canadiens, he played with the Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks and Panthers during his NHL career.
“I’m excited to play in Montreal for certainly one of the best markets around for hockey,” Parros said on a conference call with media on Friday at 6 p.m.
“I’m not afraid to still mix it up,” he added.
“I know the type of player that I am. And hopefully I can produce offensively and be a benefit defensively for the team. But certainly I’ll try to bring my brand of hockey to the Habs.”
You can hear more of what Parros had to say by clicking here.
Lefebvre, signed as a free agent by the Canadiens on Sept. 15, 2009, played 23 games this past season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, posting 4-3-7 totals. He added 16 points in 28 games with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers.
Parros has spent most of his career as a fourth-liner, but Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin told reporters he brings “an aspect of respect, not only on the ice but with his teammates.”
The GM added: “He’s a guy that we did our due diligence … he’s a good person, he’s a high character guy that’s well-liked by his teammates and protects his teammates. At the time where we are right now with the Montreal Canadiens, I felt there was a need that we had to look at. And if you look around the teams near us, they all have that aspect in their lineup. It’s something that we need, and we all know what Brandon Prust does for our club … he stands up for his teammates … and now he’s going to have the help.”
Bergevin added that Prust has got “the heart of a lion.”
“He’s a warrior, he stands up for his teammates,” the GM said. “We saw what he did in Boston, what he did in Toronto, just to name a few. He’s always there for his teammates. It’s a hard job to do and you could tell him just not to do it, but he just can’t help himself. He’s just a warrior.”
So is Parros.
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