Montreal fans get first up-close look at new Hab Parros

Some lucky Canadiens fans got an up-close look at new enforcer George Parros a lunch time Tuesday when the 6-foot-5, 228-pound giant skated for about 30 minutes on the indoor rink at the 1000 de La Gauchetiere building in downtown Montreal, near the Bell Centre.

Parros also toured the Canadiens’ Bell Centre dressing room, put on his new No. 15 Habs jersey and did a photo shoot for the Canadiens Magazine.

In other Habs news, has included Lars Eller on its list of seven players who will be trying to avoid the ‘one-hit wonder’ tag next season.

Writes columnist John Kreiser: “Eller’s third season with the Canadiens unquestionably was his best – he had a career-high 30 points in 46 games, up from 28 points in 79 games a season earlier. Eller faces an additional challenge while trying to prove that he can build on those numbers – he’s coming back from a concussion and a broken nose sustained in Game 1 of the Canadiens’ Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.”

The other players on the list are Bryan Bickell of the Chicago Blackhawks, Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Viktor Fasth of the Anaheim Ducks, Thomas Hickey of the New York Islanders, Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Jiri Tlusty of the Carolina Hurricanes.

(File photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

George Parros’s day in photos,

George Parros’s day in videos,

Seven players trying to avoid ‘one-hit wonder’ tag,



  1. thebonscott says:

    Anyone know the name of the referee who was responsible for cracking down on obstruction post 2004-5 lockout, who was later relieved of his duty???


  2. Ed says:

    Hey Mike in Ireland, love the Captain Crunch around here. 30 years ago a friend of mine wrote the company complaining that the Crunchberries were not being sold in Quebec. He used to drive to Vermont to buy the Crunchberry variety.

    Around here, we love the Captain!

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Ha! Brilliant!
      We were only allowed sugared cereals at Christmas and away on vacation. The Capn was my favourite, occasionally with Crunchberries. (The brother was Honeycomb. Significantly, NEVER Lucky Charms! Huge scorn was always poured on the TV commercials!)

      But you can’t go back, can you? Once, bringing one of the kids over to Canada for a week, I bought him a box for old times’ sake. I could only manage a spoonful or two! (Says something about what we allow our kids to eat and how we let advertisers to have access to their minds!).

      Thanks for the vid! I’m all choked up now!

    • SmartDog says:

      Mmmmm…. crunchberries….

      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  3. MC's BEST #33 says:

    Lucic is the best all around player/fighter in the NHL today. you can have all the other fighters that’s all they can do. For the money they’re paid they’re a waste of good money that could be used on another decent player.

    as far as someone knocking the Girls Hockey. when you watch them it’s all skill the way Hockey should be played and they are very good at it.

  4. SmartDog says:

    For those who think the Parros signing isn’t a good idea, let me ask you this:

    – Do you want to see Prust fight night after night again? Or do you want Prust to have room to play hockey?
    – Do you want Prust and Moen to be protecting guys like Gallagher – or Parros?

    At $1 million for 1 year, Parros is a smart move. A year from now we might be able to add more toughness in a big guy who has better hockey skills. Tinordi will be up, hopefully we pick up more size in general. But for now – would you prefer this team WITHOUT Parros? Keep in mind how much Prust fought. And how we got our asses kicked by Ottawa — we didn’t lose on skill. It’s a no-brainer. Parros for 1 year is a necessity. (Even if he fights for 14 of his useful 15 minutes.)
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

  5. Gooooooooooood Moooooooorning Haabs Inside Outters

    Why am I happy? Leaving on the second leg of our trip. East Coast baby and the long term forecast has us sitting on our resort in 25 degree weather.

    Friday night be ready for some Mets pictures, Eyesgots Jim taking my kids and I to a ball game. Then head North to the greatest island in the country.

    The troops are setting the gear on 9 August and we’ll be chin deep in lobster meat by 2 the next day. Always fun to watch the boats leave the wharf fully loaded.

    FYI I voted Habs to not make the playoffs.
    We lost scoring in Ryder, and unless our young guns on the blue line take a major step forward there’s no way we can get out of our division. Boston, Ottawa, Toronto, and Detroit are all better than us that makes for a tough season. But hey, I’ll be the first one cheering all the way… one wants to party with the complainer.

    Training camp is on the way, summer is flying by, what a great time, laters gators.

    God Bless Our Infantry

    Shane Oliver
    Twitter @Sholi2000
    Custom Sports Figures
    Summit Member 00029.31

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Enjoy the tour, Sholi!
      Nice to see you beaming with redundant vowels! — stay that way by not reading Ed today!
      And I totally disagree with you: in our division, only the Wings are better than us. (And, with apologies to the maritimes while you’re down there, I’m delighted Ryder has moved on!).

    • JohninTruro says:

      Have fun Shane, I am leaving N.S. this weekend for some time in P.E.I.

  6. habstrinifan says:

    Anyone wants to join HabFanSince72 and me on the Parros bandwagon?
    Parros plays 112 GAMES for the HABS this season!!!!!!!!!!!
    Do the math folks!
    Bandwagon’s empty now but spots will be at a premium soon.
    Hop ON!

  7. John Q Public says:

    We condemn the cops for over aggressiveness (rightly so) but want Parros to do the same thing?

    What does that say about us.

    • habstrinifan says:

      There is no shooting in hockey…

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      It’s a massive point you raise, JQP. For me the hope is that the presence of someone like Parros might reduce cheap-shots and the impulse for retaliation. What the NHL jokingly countenances as “hockey” practically requires each team to carry someone who might inhibit the taking of liberties. I’d prefer Olympic style myself.

      • John Q Public says:

        Others have said it before me but it won’t deter anything.
        You can’t fight someone after the fact and bring your injured player back.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Disagree, John, although I accept neither of us can prove the other wrong. You say Parros “won’t deter anything”, while I think he will do some deterring. Not comprehensively, just some.

          Put it this way: every team endures cheapshots. With Parros in the line-up, wouldn’t you reckon the Habs will endure fewer cheapshots rather than more or the same as last year? Worth $1 million.

    • doc359 says:

      Great point. We should send Parros to beat up some cops.

    • The Dude says:

      Your kidding right….. Let me one again stress that police training instills that all Canadians are guilty until proven innocent in a Court of Law and as soon as you leave the Court house your guilty of something else. It’s like a fing Monty Python skit where you pay for abuse and is the true Crime being committed! And for those who say ‘Oh the poor Cop,yada yada yada ‘, look there are other jobs out there,eh! All I know is I don’t want my TAX moneys being used for a Police state… and less seat-belt action and more Crack House closures would be a nice change! If your a good Cop WHO has respect for the Civilian populaces ,then we have no beef here and thank God that Cell phones and everything else has movie camera’s capabilities with beauty clearness these days so we can use our new Super-max prisons too lock up Bad Politicians, Bad Police and Bad Accountants….they truly should be in lock up with the other Rapist and Murderers FOR A LONG BIT but that never seems to happen !

  8. Ed says:

    Here is the career of a fighter who deserves our respect;

    303 points in 500 NHL games; and for those who like the fighting, 1214 penalty minutes.

    • thebonscott says:

      guys like that are a rarity now, because it is so hard to score, with giant goalie equipment, all the clutch and grab, and interference. Even the stars WIN the scoring race with 85 points. So that comparison doesn’t work.


  9. Hobie Hansen says:

    You are just a miserable, sorry excuse for a Habs fan HF72. It wouldn’t surprise me about the first part of your statement (below) either. Loser.

    I can see the mods, just like Parros will do on the ice, stepped in and removed your pathetic post.

    Thanks guys!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      Wait – you don’t do it? I was sure you did.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        Keep the talk about hockey man. We can disagree on something and can stand behind our perspective. No need to act childish when someone continuously proves you wrong. All the best!

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          Hey I was just making a joke.

          But speaking of standing behind your perspective, you’re the one who needed the mods to come in and remove my post.

          They’re like the Colton Orr to your Kadri.

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    Thinking outside the (penalty) box for a minute. Could this work?

    We all want Parros to “take care” of guys like Colton Orr.

    But why do they have to do it during the game?

    First, fighting on skates is hard. Second it disrupts the flow of the game.

    Why couldn’t they meet in the parking lot or outside the arena somewhere and have their fight? Then you don’t waste a roster spot for a defensive liability.

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      I want to attempt a witty riposte here, but you’re scaring me a little today, 72, and you ticked off Hobie and got yourself modded!

      I’m guessing you’re in a slightly sinister mood having polished off Ed’s Capn Crunch this morning. Now everything makes sense.

  11. piper says:

    Parros was brought in to play 5 to 6 minutes a game and to reduce the wear and tear on Prust. Don’t expect anymore from George other than leadership off the ice.
    Having said that it may be worth a try puting him in front of the net on the PP.

    • HabinNorth says:

      There is a positive to Parros playing only 5 to 6 minutes. Somebody better will pick up the other 5 to 6 minutes. Clearly based on last year a combination of Gally, Chucky and Larry can do this. There contribution by the minute if they maintain last years stats will be positive.

  12. Hobie Hansen says:

    Check out this fight between George Parros and last year’s heavyweight champ, John Scott.

    Scott clearly has control of the fight, using his longer reach to his advantage.

    But right at the end Parros totally stuns him with a left jab, sending Scott backwards on his ass.

    Parros looks pretty good to me!

    And Parros has a long history with Maclaren from the Leafs in which Parros has come out on top the majority of the time.

    People trashing Parros below are nuts. If you don’t like fights or Parros, watch women’s hockey!

    • Ed says:

      Hobie, I’ve been watching hockey at the NHL level since before you were born.

      I have seen John Ferguson and Chris Nilan and some of the toughest SOB’s to ever lace up skates.

      There’s a difference between a hockey player like Fergy, who scored 145 goals in 500 NHL games, and George Parros (35 points in 452 games), who is so intelligent that he has fooled people like you into thinking he’s a hockey player.

      Parros is NOT a hockey player; and Fergy would have stood toe to to toe with him any day.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        I love Nilan and Ferguson as well and have no doubt both of them would have stood toe to toe with Parros or anyone in today’s game.

        You saw how hard it is this summer to land a player like those two. So again, very happy with Parros.

        So to have nobody or a guy like Parros, I’ll gladly take Parros, as would the majority.

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Can I add Larry?
        Didn’t need to drop them often, but invariably did so in a conclusive way (Dave Schultz being a notable example).
        The rest of the time he just went on being a legendary defenseman. My Mum’s favourite player!

        • Ed says:

          Robinson is a legend. Hard to explain to my kids how someone that big could skate that well, play in all situations at the highest elite level, score almost 1000 points in less than 1400 games, and still stand toe to toe with the heaviest heavy weights of his time.

          Robinson is truly one of the great hockey players of all time.

  13. thebonscott says:

    Hey ED, if Parros has 5 goals and 5 assists over last 163 games, then at least he has outscored Gomez. Personally, I like the signing, playing 6 mins a night, he won’t hurt. The most troubling part of last year for me was getting beaten badly (by the leafs), and getting beaten up too. I still think habs are too soft, need a savage d-man and possibly more. Don’t mind getting beaten(every now and then), but add in beat up, not cool.
    Reality, is in today’s NHL, toughness and dirty play wins.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      ” Reality, is in today’s NHL, toughness and dirty play wins.”

      Just look at the Blackhawks.

      • thebonscott says:

        OTTAWA beat us by takeing out our second best centre, and boston made it to the finals, where did we end up???


        • JohninTruro says:

          They took out our 2nd best center on a dirty head to the head, on a dumb pass, and Eller not being aware of his surroundings. They didn’t win because they were “tougher”. We also got screwed pretty good on a kicked in goal, and lost our cool a number of times. The Hawks won on skill and their players all played “big”, they simply wanted it more. Size doesn’t mean everything if you want it enough. We continually beat the Bruins, what does that say about us?

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Good discussion about this series yesterday or the day before. Whether or not the Sens “crushed” the Habs. The kicked goal, some bad officiating and a hot goalie all contributed to our disappointment. JF made a strong point, that when you lose two playoff games 6-1, you’re being crushed.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Geez what did Gomez ever do to you? Did you have to go there? Be kind man!

  14. Dunboyne Mike says:

    Haven’t seen many Panthers games or much of Parros’s previous career. When you look him up on youtube you see fights.

    I’m sure Ed is right that Parros is not going to be a scoring threat. Can I ask, though, can he hit? As in, hitting requires technique: does Parros have any? Emelin, for example, has great hitting technique.

    He’s such a huge mother, I think the price of admission would also be worth seeing him planting the likes of Chara in the corners. And who better than Chara, who HATES being hit by anyone and loses his composure.

    But can Parros do that?

  15. adamkennelly says:

    having big tough guys on your team definitely helps eliminate cheap shots and running of your star players. these examples (Marc Savard) are cherry picked to try to prove some BS about not having an affect.

    try playing hockey – try going into the other team’s building when they have a bunch of monsters and your team has none..see how that feels…then put yourself on the other team’s bench and ask how the view looks?

    get a grip people…NHL hockey is a physical game, hitting and fighting is allowed…to properly compete you need to make sure your team has the right tools…

    • doc359 says:

      I’m just saying, I have never heard of a concrete example of when an enforcer joined a team, that team suddenly stopped having its star players get hit/injured less.

      Cooke fights right? Didn’t help Crosby.

      Does Boston just need more enforcers to protect Bergeron from getting now 4 concussions?

      Everyone says that Ottawa is a big strong team, tell that to Karlson’s leg.

      How’d Lupol end up missing most of the season with Big bad Orr on his team?

      I’m not chery picking here. Every team deals with injuries to their star players. Having a fighter doesn’t prevent that.

      Again, I’m fine with having Parros, as he provides a nice distraction for the other goons, but to say he will prevent Gallagher from getting hit while he drives into the net l(ike the wild and crazy mad man we all love) is a little silly.

      • Cal says:

        It’s about having a reply on the ice in the form of players who can fight. It’s not about sending out Crosbys to fight the Colton Orrs of the game.

        • doc359 says:

          See, I can agree mostly with that. When Orr goes on the ice, I want Parros to go take care of him (mostly so Prust doesn’t have to). He is a welcome addition. Just one that I think won’t make as big as an impact as many people want to believe.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Especially if most of Ed’s Parros post is accurate….

            (What old cartoon had some sad guy walking around with his own mini-raincloud hovering overhead and pouring on him the whole time? I feel like him today after reading Ed’s posts! C’mon, Ed! Did someone else finish the Capn Crunch this morning?!)

        • Cal says:

          @Dunboyne Mike

          That was Li’l Abner- the character was Joe Bftzplk (approximation).

  16. Dunboyne Mike says:

    On whether or not owning a Parros keeps the rest of your players safer.

    I do not like goon/enforcer hockey, but if my team is obliged to play in Bettman’s UFC-fetish NHL, then I am in favour of owning a Parros who can act as a deterrent.

    And the key point is that it’s a deterrent measure and not preventative one. As is pointed out below, not even the goon-rich Bruins were insulated against Cooke’s assault on Savard. Happily, Cooke belongs to a minority of sick SOBs who, almost sociopathically, have no regard or respect for their fellow players. They have no control over their basest combative instincts which they let loose on opponents, usually when they are not in a position to defend themselves. And while the league, for the sake of its primary commodity — the players — and its image and its (entirely and fatally compromised) role as steward of the sport, should ruthlessly expel such players, it chooses — unofficially, of course — to encourage them. And while we’re stuck with them, not even a whole team of Parros’s can guarantee that players are safe.

    What a Parros DOES do, however, is discourage other players — think of the Kadri example below — from deciding to sneak the occasional dirty play, knowing that his own goons have his back.

    I think overall that Parros will reduce — though not eliminate — the liberties taken against other Habs.

    [Edit: said Bergeron, meant Savard]

    • Ed says:

      The Bruins’ “goons” can all play hockey; even Thornton, who used to be an eye soar on the ice, is skating hard, forechecking and backchecking, and chipping in offensively. He gets about 15 points for 82 games lately, and Parros rings up a lofty 3 or 4.

      Parros will skate around and around and around, and 15 times a season he will fight

      If Parros can watch some Shawn Thornton video, and find a way to the puck carrier on the forecheck and the backcheck, then that will be great.

  17. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Not sure if this has been posted, but this really grinds my gears.

    WTF is wrong with Quebec, there are so many cultures there, not only french, this is a form of discrimination and the Federal gov’t should step in and tell Quebec to shove their bs language laws up there rudy-pooh-candy ASSSS!

    Oh and if they want to keep this up, stop any equalization payments (Quebec will receive the most in 2013-2014).

    • SmartDog says:

      I LOVE this!

      What’s great about this kid’s story and his budding graphic design company, Wellarc (an acronym of French words designed to sound bilingual), is that he is French, is bitching ONLY in French, and is attacking the government head on while dramatizing to French people how f-d up this is.

      That was all once sentence. Thank you very much.

      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Cal says:

      Ain’t life in Quebec funny? As in funny stupid and funny odd?
      Over the years, Quebec is closing English language public schools. Once they are at zero they begin on the CEGEPS and, finally, the universities. Should take another 25 years or so.

    • Ian Cobb says:

      Quebec has the most sophisticated form of ethnic cleansing the world has ever known.
      And we sit back and let it happen! So what does that say for the rest of this great country.!

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Like Switzerland with the Nazis?

      • DadidolizedDougHarvey says:

        With all due respect, Ian, and believe me there is a ton of respect, I read and respect and agree with almost all your posts, I have to disagree with this one. You should know that things are more complicated than that. Even growing up as an Anglo-Montrealer, I was able to keep French culture and society at an arm’s length, never had a discussion, never had an exchange with a Francophone that wasn’t loaded with resentment. It’s not until I moved to northern Quebec, that my perspective started to fill out… I’m not condoning these types of govt actions, it’s just that these things are more complicated than what you suggest. Once again, with all due respect.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Thanks RiverviewCanadien for this link. The story is incredibly hopeful simply because the kid is incredibly enlightened.

      “We should take a more ambitious way of thinking (about) how we promote French in other countries. If we create great businesses at home, then we can do a better job,” he says in the video.

      WOW! Instead of trying to hide behind artificial barriers Quebec politician should follow this kid’s advice.

      • Cal says:

        He is the modern Québecois with a global outlook. He is proud of his language and ashamed of his government. I’m hoping there are millions more like him.

      • RiverviewCanadien says:

        No problem fellow Newfie!

        Agreed. This young man is exactly what this country needs more of. And as Cal said, there is nothing wrong with being proud of your language or heritage.

      • SmartDog says:

        He also said that if the Quebec government says they are doing this to protect our jobs, what happens when there are no jobs to protect? This kid is awesome. He’s just saying what we all know – but he’s doing it from inside French lines.

  18. SmartDog says:

    1. Which is a better signing: Parros or Briere?
    2. Who scores more PPG this year: Gallagher, Galchenyuk, Eller.
    3. How many games does Budaj play this year?
    (I am assuming/hoping Price will play less. I’ve been advising this for 2 years now).
    4. How many games does Parros play?
    5. And from way out in left field: How much credit for the Leafs improvement should go to Burke?
    Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • Cal says:

      1. Toss up, but I am not happy about either, really.
      2. Chucky
      3. 17-19 w/o Price being injured.
      4. 60- barring injury
      5. Who gives a rat’s ass?

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      1. Parros will contribute about 15 minutes worth of “hockey” – and 14 of those will be fights.
      2. Gally (see what I did there?).
      3. Who have you been advising?
      4. 112
      5. They haven’t improved much.

      • habstrinifan says:

        I like your answer to number 4.
        Let’s do the math.. 82 regular season games and approx 25 playoff games and enough playoff ovt periods for 5 games.. including one triple+10 mins overtime game on way to cup. Love it.

        82+25+5=112 = Stanley Cup!!!!!!!!!!

      • SmartDog says:

        Even if you’re right about #1. For one year, on a team that got punched and head-checked out of the playoffs, Parros brings something the team needs – a big guy ready, willing, and plenty able.

        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • habstrinifan says:

      1: Too early. The needs they fill are too different to compare without results.
      3:25… I hope.
      4:Every game I hope.
      5:None. His biggest failure, which he admitted, was retaining and listening to Wilson.. which negated the benefits of all his other moves. I didnt think Carlye and Kessel would ever co-exist and they still dont comfortably.. but Carlye is a better coach than Wilson by far.

    • doc359 says:

      Just tackling numver 3, I really hope Budaj plays 20 or so. Price is obviously able to play 65-70 games a season, but there is no need to make him do that if you have a good back-up (which Budaj has proven to be). Give Price a little less pressure and let him focus on the important parts of the season. Also gives him more time to focus on practice with a new goalie coach.

      • SmartDog says:

        I agree. I’m hoping the new goalie coach wants this. Price gets tired. I’ve seen it every year, last year was no exception. He WANTS to play, but so did Patches when he woke up on the stretcher. These guys need people above them who see the bigger picture. Price rested will be a better goalie.

        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

        • doc359 says:

          Totally agree. Its the same with any goalie or player. They want to go help the team every game, and no one wants to admit they are taking on too much of a load. Thats what coaches are there for.

        • Dunboyne Mike says:

          Good points, guys. Budaj does exactly what he’s here to do, therefore we don’t need a repeat of last year when Price played too many games.

  19. habstrinifan says:

    If you take away his age drawback, I can’t decide if Moen is an old style enforcer or showing signs that he only wants to be an enforcer in the ‘new’ style.

    What is the trend in the NHL, the enforcer who can and wants to play 12+ mins every game or the pure fist-thrower who is good at nothing else.

    Boston for instance has no real exclusively fist-thrower type do they?

    Some here see Parros as a player and some as a pure fist-thrower. I hope he is allowed to be the former. But would that make him fall in love more with being a player and less an enforcer. It has happened before. And remember his age too.

    Bill in an earlier post noted that Parros had a fairly regular spot in Florida’s lineup and played a reasonable amount of minutes. As Bill noted the HABS surely did not pick him up to be a spare. But recent HABS strategy has been to use ‘fighters’ as pure spare. Please do not give Prust as an example, he was always considered a player first.
    Would this be one of your criteria in evaluating MT’S work. How he uses Parros?

    • SmartDog says:

      For me, Parros’ size and the fact that he WILL fight is all we need. I don’t think he needs to fight a lot and would be happy if he focused on playing more and fighting less. The guy is HUGE (look at the picture – he makes Eller look small). If he fights when it’s really needed, and is just an added physical force in scrums, I think that will help a ton.

      Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      “Parros had a fairly regular spot in Florida’s lineup and played a reasonable amount of minutes.”

      That would be the last place Florida Panthers, right?

      In any case see here:

      Parros was dead last in time on ice per game at 6 That’s right, he was the worst player on the worst team.

    • Ed says:

      Parros is a not a hockey player; he’s terrible. There’s no way he can or should be playing more than 5 or 6 minutes a night. He is a defensive liability and he will go 20 game stretches at a time without a decent scoring chance.

      He has 5 goals and 5 assists in his last 163 games over 3 seasons.

      He is a fighter. And the last few seasons he has been getting clocked left, right and center, so even his fighting ability is probably slipping.

      Parros has been brought in as a “statement”; as a “guard’; as a “protector”.

      He’s not a hockey player.

      • SmartDog says:

        Therrien has no problem double-shifting guys. He’ll put Parros on the 4th line and swap his position out with other players as the game goes.

        Listen to the Smart Dog. He knows his poop!

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        Agreed. He’s probably at the end of his career like Laraque was when we brought him in for the same reason.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        He’s a minus -1 in 20 career playoff games. Not too shabby. And I dunno, I watched all his fights and he, like all other fighters, has lost his share but still wins more than he loses.

        And I’ve seen him take an extra punch or two resulting in the other player getting the decision but have never seen him get his clock cleaned?

        And once he puts on the CH, hears the roar of the Bell Center, believe me, he’ll feel like he’s right back in his prime!

      • habstrinifan says:

        Can I change my answer to SmartDog’s first question? After reading your piece Ed and Habsfansince72.. I gotta reluctantly go with Briere handsdown.

        WOW! Now I am not liking the Parros signing at all.

  20. habstrinifan says:

    Any ardent baseball fans here? MLB and players union trying to reach agreement on suspensions for several players in hopes of avoiding drawn out negative-press from drawn-out grievance process. Is baseball in trouble?

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Used to be infatuated with the sport. Two things killed that:
      1) losing the Expos
      2) arrogant PED-takers stealing records from true legends.
      If baseball’s in trouble, I’m dancing a jig and waiting for the phoenix.

  21. 24 Cups says:

    Looking at the poll results, is it safe to say that at least 2000 people follow this Hab site?

  22. habstrinifan says:

    Again not hockey and maybe too close to the last Toronto incident… but amazing similarities re unprofessionalism?

    Other issues of course but I aint going there.

  23. 24 Cups says:

    Rumour around Toronto is that the laffs will buyout John-Michael Liles. Toronto would have a two-day window from August 2-4th to buy him out and it would give the Leafs an additional $2.5M of cap space to work with this season.

    Kadri and Franson are both unsigned RFAs so that’s where the extra cap space would be allotted. That space would be around 6M assuming the laffs go with a 22 man roster. If Liles is bought out, then it would also explain why Toronto signed Paul Ranger.

  24. Maritime Ron says:

    The first 8-10 seconds of our home opener against the Leafs could be very interesting and may set the tone for the year for our Habs.

    Who do you believe Leafs goon coach Randy Carlyle will put on the ice for his starting line-up?
    A good bet would be Colton Orr on 1 wing and McLaren on the other wing.
    When Therrien sees that opening lineup, who do you believe he will counter with?
    Quite likely Parros on 1 wing and Prust on the other with White in the middle….and ‘Ghandi’ Moen smiling on the bench.

    They’ll get that crap out of the way early, then be allowed to play some real hockey, and the message will be sent:

    – No longer will our Habs get pushed around and be embarrassed.
    – No longer will our smaller skilled forwards have to play in fear while goons run around and abuse them with no payback.
    – No longer will cowards like Phaneuf try and decapitate a Gallagher as he did last year with no repercussions.

    While many are disgusted with fighting in hockey – and from here, there is really no need for the ‘staged fight’ …yet the NHL ‘is what it is’ and refuses to address that.

    As Sun Tzu wrote:
    ” To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.”

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      Hi Ron.
      OR. Is there any chance we put on our best scoring-line and fly past the PED mountains and pot a ball-breaker on the opening shift?

    • Hobie Hansen says:

      There were a few things last year when we played the Leafs. I’m not saying Parros will be the man to adjust this but I hope Subban, Emelin (when he returns) or Tinordi keeps their eyes on Kadri.

      Kadri blindsided Eller and Gallagher on a few occasions last season and didn’t have to answer for it. I’m hoping one of the defencemen I mentioned creams him at the blueline.

      And yes, I’m looking forward to seeing Parros go at it with either Orr or Maclaren. And for Prust to ask Phaneuf do dance again! Hopefully Paneuf doesn’t chicken out again.

      • Maritime Ron says:


        Remember that well, and when Kadri was interviewed, he said playing with Colton Orr allowed him to play aggressive and do things like that because Orr had his back…..

      • Dunboyne Mike says:

        Ok, relax your trigger fingers for a second while I say I kind of like Kadri and the way he plays offense. I also like that he’s a Muslim in the NHL and playing in a city with a big Muslim population.

        However, I did NOT like his elementary school playground tough-guy imitation, taking cheap-shots on guys smaller than he is, safe in the knowledge he can hide behind his goons.

        I would like a nice clean hit on Kadri to encourage him not to do this any more.

        I’m thinking Subban, as on Marchand. And I’m thinking 7 or 8 rows into the reds.

  25. Ian Cobb says:

    Yes, Big George Parros is a need for our bench protection. If you all remember how are players were knocked around the rink last year, and the whole team knowing that there was nothing they could do about the bullies on the ice but just take it.
    I am not in favor of the scraping, head hitting type game, but we needed to have a retaliation weapon to use if the opposition started to take liberties with our smaller and young players.

    I would love to see Parros put Chara on his backside and his nose come out his ear, but alas, knowing that we now have an answer to his dirty play, he will back right off of the hits to the head etc. Bullies are the biggest turtles you know!

    • mksness says:

      parros won’t change much. We have our heavy weight…yaaaaaa

      maybe parros won’t get pushed around, although he’ll be a scratch or on the bench for the majority of his time here. However, to think teams will stop trying to be physical and pound the habs is kinda silly just because we have parros.

      • Ian Cobb says:

        Well then, let me ask you this. Would you take a cheap shot at one of our kids head, knowing what was coming after my friend???

        • mksness says:

          cheap shots will happen regardless of the teams enforcers or toughness. Ask boston about that. besides if it’s a real cheap shot, chances are the player will get a 5 minute match penalty. you win games based on the score on scoreboard not by the amount of fights you win

        • doc359 says:

          Lucic, Thornton, Chara, and Ference didn’t stop Matt Cooke from ending Marc Savard’s career.
          Is there any proof at all that says an enforcer actually helps prevent injuries?
          I don’t mind Parros being here (especially since we got him for next to nothing). But its pretty silly to expect teams to act differently because he is around. The one nice thing is that the Toronto goons will have someone to fight with other than prust.

      • Habsrule1 says:

        Not sure you know who our coach is. Therrien likes this kind of player . Laraque played 71 games for the pens when Therrien was coach. I would not be surprised to see Parros take a regular, albeit short shift. Kinda makes me think other players will either be leaving or seeing a lot less ice.

        Go Habs Go!!

        “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

        • mksness says:

          Laraque was actually capable of putting the puck in the net. mind you he did it a while back but still.

          parros can play the full season but the reality is if he plays under 5 minutes a game it just means more wear and tear for our better players.

  26. Ian Cobb says:

    Another opportunity to get the word out!!

    After concussion, severe depression and it can kill.!

    What is a concussion?, as comprehended and explained by myself.
    I have been involved as a lay person with research pertaining to neurology at a major medical university. I have picked up a lot of information working first with veterinarian pathologists when I was doing research on my fox and mink ranch with calcium. And I have been involved lately with the neurology research dept. from a major medical university. Only as the handler of the research birds and animals involved in the study and offering some of my former findings from my own autopsy’s and research that I conducted on my ranch. So I do not profess to be an expert on the subject pertaining to concussion, but I will try to explain, the best that I can, what happens to the brain cells that have been concussed inside the skull. And why one must stay completely resting after a concussion.

    The very soft brain cells, when violently thrown against the skull, are damaged and the neuron releases a potassium chemical out of the brain cell. Leaving a void. Calcium that is already present around the outside of the cells, seeps into the cells replacing the potassium. This calcium is what gives the chemical imbalance to the brain and is what causes the damage. Until all of this calcium leaves the brain cells completely, and it can take a long time, depending on how much calcium was taken on each cell. The patient is left extremely vulnerable to instant death upon a second bump, or at least suffers some permanent brain damage as the calcium solidifies upon second impact instantaneously , killing the brain cell. Even hard coughing or light exercise can cause severe pain and damage. Complete rest is needed.
    These damaged cells have to be cleared completely of this calcium before one can resume activity to avoid more serious consequences including death. This is very acute in young people under the age of 24 as the brain is still growing and developing.
    Please, coaches and parents know this, every severe contact to the head can cause some cells to expel potassium and take on calcium. A second, even slight bump, with the cells still containing calcium, can be deadly to each cell containing calcium.

    Ian Cobb

  27. Tom says:

    So…Why haven’t we broken down the Drew Schiestel signing? These are the dog days of summer after all.

    Speaking of, its a great time to catch up on those chores, read a new book or discover a new band or TV show.

    Here’s my $0.02 on the new band front, hopefully the link works out


  28. Ed says:

    here’s something to consider about the “changing of the guard” around here:

    Galchenyuk scored 27 points in only 12:19 minutes per game ice time – that ranks him 614th in the league in ice time, but 118th in points scored

    Gallagher scored 28 points in only 13:51 minutes per game – ranks 517th in the league in ice time, but 100th in points scored

    Eller scored 30 points in only 14:49 minutes per game – 466th in the league in ice time, but 89th overall in points scored

    only half a season, true enough, but these 3 were putting up points with very little ice time, which almost no one in the NHL can do.

    there is virtually no one, a handful, who scored 28 points and played less than 15 minutes per game. Galchenyuk’s ice time, under 13 minutes, is ridiculously low for his production.

    “protecting” young players from a let down is all well and good, but we need to see more of these 3 young players next season, especially Galchenyuk and Eller on the power play.

    • Cal says:

      I hope the young guns do well. They did very well last year while being managed closely by MT. We can’t expect Gally and Chucky to bear more responsibility than veterans like Pleks and Bourque and Gionta. Give them more opportunities on the PP? Sure. Rely on them to be the Habs highest scorers now? That’s the Islanders and Oilers recipe, and those two teams haven’t had a lot of success recently, despite Tavares and (Insert Oiler young gun here).

      • habstrinifan says:

        Conversely it can be asked how much success the HABS have had if as you say the should rely on Gionta Pleks etc to be their highest scorers?

        • Ed says:

          Plekanec and Gionta are effective players overall, but offensively they have hit their ceiling.

          Cal, overall, Therrien’s management of personnel last season was extremely questionable. Subban not on the penalty kill, Desharnais on every power play, over playing Markov all season and burning him out. And I would add, as you suggested, Galchenyuk and Eller not playing power play to that list.

          • Dunboyne Mike says:

            Sadly, all valid points, Ed.
            Any chance MT, with the benefit of being in his second year and following on a full pre-season, will rectify some of these points?
            The worst was DD on the PP — it just wasted so many opportunities.
            One you don’t mention was the swarm defense. Once teams did their video analysis on us, we were screwed.

    • Habsrule1 says:

      I think the points they picked up will serve the Habs well, knowing that they will only be better with more ice time. Therrien is a smart guy and needs to win games to keep his job. Those 3 guys will be keys to the Habs success now and going forward.

      Go Habs Go!!

      “Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.” – Sam Pollock

    • Maritime Ron says:

      Hi Ed

      Like you, I am one that wants more more more for the 3 guys you mention, yet let’s also realize that Coach MT did a great job protecting the rookies.

      Not being a big fan of those advanced stats, sometimes they do tell a story.

      Perhaps we need to define ‘protecting.’
      More often than not, MT started the rookies in the offensive or neutral zone while limiting their starts in the defensive zone.
      He also kept them away from the other team’s Top 2 or best forward line as much as possible.

      This allowed them better scoring opportunities while learning the NHL game both on the ice and from the bench.
      No need to burn the young fellas and kill their confidence or put them in bad situations.
      Most likely their ice time will increase with greater responsibilities.

  29. punkster says:

    When the talk here turns to adding even more knuckleheads, I always turn to Kubrick.

    ***SUBBANGIN’ NOW BABY!!!***

  30. aHabGrowsInBrooklyn says:


    Nice to see ol’ optimisTimo spreading a little sunshine!

    Parros = big bugger!

    Go Habs!

  31. 25insight says:

    Here’s an idea: keep parros, add chara, bring back laraque and then fill the rest of the roster up with enforcers. Then we can hit everyone to unconsciousness and maybe get the goalies involved in the brawls hoping the puck bounces in the net

    • Dunboyne Mike says:

      If Montreal were a US city, your excellent plan would give Bettman nocturnal emissions.

      Isn’t there a fancy Latin term for this line of logic? The opposite of reductio ad absurdum? Or maybe that IS what it is. It would be a way of carrying to the extreme the kind of UFC-inspired spectacle that the NHL tacitly endorses, concussions and all.

  32. Un Canadien errant says:

    Cosseted plutocrat Bengals-owner Mike Brown, monopolist, racketeer, profiteer off-the-public-teat extraordinaire and living fossil, speaks out on concussions, harrumphing that they’re not a big deal, there used to be concussions back in the day, too.


    He also used to wear an onion on his belt. Which was the style at the time.

    That this shill and science-denier inherited the Bengals from his father, who actually knew something about and loved football, is Exhibit A on the perils of nepotism and the crying need for a massive estate tax in the U.S.A. and in general.

    These oligarchs don’t think a McDonald’s employee should get a raise, and certainly not a living wage, since as Charles Koch asserts, it kills the incentive for individuals to go out and start their own businesses. He wants a little more competition in society, less safety net. Well then, let’s not allow rich-kid buffoons like Mike Brown to inherit his daddy’s team and live off the good people of Cincinnati his entire life. Let’s dispossess him of the Bengals, which taxpayers have bought and paid for many times over, and throw him on the street and have him display his survival of the fittest bona fides.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      hehhehheh …love it

    • Clay says:

      Only you could make the Bengals interesting. Great read Normand, and well said!

      ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

    • Maritime Ron says:

      While you bring up some very valid points concerning the uninformed opinions of Brown concerning concussion issues, and the obscene and terribly unfair low minimum wages paid to McDonald’s employees, the emotional disdain for other issues could be seen as way off base while playing to some liberal following.
      Lumping ALL of the so called ‘rich’ into the same category is wrong and has no merit.

      You mention that Brown is a “racketeer” which would fall under the US RICO law. That is a serious accusation that if untrue, borders on libel. Has Brown ever been accused or convicted?

      As for a massive estate tax, how much more than the present 40% ( with some loopholes such as $5M exemption and gifting) do you propose? Would 80% be right? What about 100%?

      Before you answer that, the uncomfortable reality is that the top 1% earners in the US already pay 60.14% of income taxes collected in the US, and the top 10% pay 86.27%!

      Charitable donations?
      America is ranked the #1 country in the world for that having donated $212 Billion in 2012.
      Where do you believe THAT money comes from? ( and I don’t accept the tax deduction debate, as these people don’t have to give)

      While the income gap/disparity in the US has morphed into an unacceptable canyon – and while the USA/Canada is not the land of opportunity it once was, there are still great opportunities to succeed.
      One of those is NOT spending/loaning massive amounts of money to achieve a Masters degree in Egyptian hieroglyphs or other degrees not worth the paper they are written on.

      Finally, your quote, ” Let’s dispossess him of the Bengals…” rings of former nationalization movements of Castro’s Cuba and Lenin’s Russia….and while America begins to eerily show some similar beginning traits, the good people of Cincinnati will determine the fate of their football team and will vote with their wallets.

      • Clay says:

        Well well…Ron, respectfully, I think you are way off base here. Taxes pay for civilization, a wise man once said. He was right. As we speak,
        18 Of America’s Biggest Companies Using Tax Havens To Skirt $92 Billion In U.S. Taxes. This is fact. In order to bankroll this, taxes are higher than they should be on people who ear a moderate amount of money. A full thirty of the 280 Fortune 500 companies paid zero in federal income taxes or enjoyed tax rebates in 2008, 2009 and 2010 – some of these parasites actually get billions in taxpayer money to boot.
        Tell me how GE pays zero in taxes? Tell me how the oil companies deserve $4 billion in taxpayer-funded rebates?
        When you have explained this to my satisfaction, I will perhaps feel more sympathy for the parasites that make up the top 1% of the rich.

        BTW, they are doing all this while destroying the US middle-class by ‘outsourcing’ the entire manufacturing industry, all while making record profits. This is despicable.

        Also – see here for the definition of ‘liberal’
        ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

        • Maritime Ron says:

          Hi Clay

          You mentioned GE….
          It’s present CEO is Jeffrey Immelt who just happens to be Obama’s Chairperson of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

          You must see the irony of this?

          The above post had nothing to do with defending the nonpayment of corporate taxes. That is a whole and other complex issue.

          Of course the outsourcing of over 10 million good paying manufacturing jobs during the past 15 years has decimated the middle class, yet the consumer also has a large part of the responsibility because of the lust and almost fanatical ‘demand’ for cheap foreign made goods vs locally produced goods.

          Taxes are important, and the judgement of any society is how they care for the less privileged.
          Abuse of tax dollars is another issue such as food stamp fraud or in the bigger picture illegal war, occupations, and funding the military industrial security complex.

          • Clay says:

            I don’t see the irony at all, Ron. But I also don’t make the mistake of calling the US Democratic Party ‘liberal’. They are quite far to the right on most issues if you look at what they actually do, as opposed to the propaganda.
            Ron, of course the consumers want cheap goods – after all, they have no money to buy expensive ones with their minimum wage jobs, But private corporations now control government policy, or it wouldn’t be an issue. Governments are there to help their citizens, and thus should penalize corporations who ship jobs overseas. A hefty tax on imports would be a good start towards protecting their job market. Also, there should be tax penalties for those who outsource jobs. Minimum wage should be at a living wage. None of these things are happening because big business has bought the political process. Government now works for them, and what they are doing is proof that we need strong unions and strong government regulation of business. Be free to make a great profit, but not at the expense of others.

            ☞ “The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence” ~ Aldous Huxley ☜

  33. Bill says:

    Parros played most games for Florida last year. I don’t see him being scratched a lot. They didn’t pick him up to not play him.

    That said, he is the 13th forward. Not sure who is sitting for him.

    • Steven says:

      Unless White is your 14th forward, it has to be him. Parros makes him entirely redundant, except for the fact that White has more wheels and arguably more offensive upside.

      That being said, I always thought Parros had more in him offensively than he was given credit for. I still remember a goal he scored vs Edmonton while he was still a Duck. If I remember correctly, he got out on a breakaway and took a perfect top corner shot. Someone that can do that has some talent.

    • savethepuck says:

      I honestly expect him to be scratched a lot Bill. We are not paying him a lot of money ( I think around $700,000, and I mean not a lot of money by professional hockey standards not by what I would like to make a year). I think he is there for the presence. A 4th line of Prust, Moen and White can all play over 10 minutes each giving Habs a good 4 line balance. If Gio is not ready to start the season, as the lineup looks now, Prust will probably be in the top 9. That’s when I expect Parros to play more. I also wouldn’t be surprised if he is in the lineup for early games against T O, Boston, Ott.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

    • Timo says:

      I can easily scratch DD, Moen or Gionta in favor of GP. Why not? Put him on the second line, plant his ass in front of the next and shoot pucks.

      • savethepuck says:

        Thought it was hilarious when you posted Freudian slip yesterday to Mavid’s come instead of some. I’m wondering if it also counts when you write ” plant his ass in front of the next “?

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

      • savethepuck says:

        Not fair at all, you edited it.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      If we don’t get another forward acquisition until training camp, I kind of thought that Gabriel Dumont and Ryan White would battle it out to centre the fourth line, and might even platoon, while Brandon Prust, George Parros and Travis Moen will play on the wings. 14 forwards, the top 9 is set, so those five guys do the musical chairs on the fourth line until injuries strike. Brandon Prust and Travis Moen can move up in the lineup, and Gabriel Dumont can move up to third-line centre in an emergency.

      • Timo says:

        That aside, habs forward lineup looks like a first half season lineup that will fade after xmas. Habs’ D will be lucky to survive until xmas.

  34. Andy and the habs says:

    I found myself going through few highlights of the 2 Gally’s from last season. Boy I miss hockey. In the bloopers I found this, doctor Recchi double blooper.

    • savethepuck says:

      Can you or anyone else tell me who the Habs goaltender wearing #1 is in the video when Skrudland flips the glove ahead to interfere with the play? I’m racking my brain trying to figure it out. It had to be after Bunny and I can’t remember another #1 after him.

      “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
      Carey Price

      • Steven says:

        Was it maybe Rollie Melanson?

        • savethepuck says:

          Man, are you ever good. With some Google I found Rollie played only 9 games for the Habs in 91-92. The only games he ever played for the Habs BTW. Skrudlands’s last year for the Habs was 92-93, but I think he was traded and didn’t get the Cup. How did u know that? Are you secretly Rollie the Goalie?.

          “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
          Carey Price

  35. W.M.C.W. #1 says:

    Prust White and Parros out against any teams goons is gonna make it a little more even.

  36. savethepuck says:

    Looking at this article on TSN re the 22 Ivan Hlinka invitees for Team Canada. I notice Connor McDavid is not on the list, however they are not showing all 22 names. I would assume he is on the team but why no mention of him. He has to be better than almost every player on the list no?


    “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
    Carey Price

    • habs12 says:

      under 17 arent invited to the camp i think. he is invited to the world junior camp though. weird huh.

      • savethepuck says:

        For pride of the country, you’d think we’d bring the best to try to put the best team on the ice to win. Hockey Canada has the strangest rules. I remember reading something about MacKinnon maybe not playing for the WJHC team last year because he didn’t play U18. I may be wrong on this but maybe someone recalls it better. It is too hard to google.

        “They don’t hang Conference Championship Banners from the rafters here”
        Carey Price

  37. ClutchNGrab says:

    Not sure if it was posted, but on the signing of Parros, this was the reaction of Brandon Prust on Twitter:

    Brandon Prust ‏
    @GeorgeParros ohhhh yaaaaaaaa

    Says it all

  38. Sportfan says:

    I know I’m going to like Parros

    Sports and Entertainment in the link click and enjoy, clicking is fun!

  39. Chuck says:

    I think that we still need a 6’9″, 300lb guy that can make some room on the ice for Parros.

  40. habstrinifan says:

    ClutchnGrab’s reference to game 6 Bostn/Chicago brings up a question. Who turned off the TV not wanting to see the Booins celebrating the victory.

    I did. And 5 mins later when I turned it on, I saw Hawks players all over the ice LOL.

    • Saintpatrick33 says:

      I tell ya I haven’t cheered for another team like I cheered for Chicago when they tied it then won it. Kinda felt like I cheated on the Habs but it felt so good to see those goons go down in flames.

  41. ClutchNGrab says:

    Seeing the last 2 minutes of Boston/Chicago game 6 playoff made me think of my favorite game and the one I hated the most last season.

    My favorite:

    Most hated :

  42. frontenac1 says:

    @HiS. Ha! Much better amigo. Saludos!

  43. Un Canadien errant says:

    The Canadiens cannot in their right mind be considering Brenden Morrow. Imagine Bob Cole or Benoit Brunet trying to get things straight with him and Brandon Prust and Brendan Gallagher on the same ice. Imagine the cluster at HIO. Throw in Brenda Branswell and you’ve got yourself a Category 6 namestorm on your hands.

  44. frontenac1 says:

    Parros is a knuckle-dragger.? I thought he had a Commerce degree from Princeton?

  45. Bill says:

    Not hockey related, but fantastic article about John Manziel, aka Johnny Football of NCAA fame. Great insight into the life of a top prospect from any sport.

    • habstrinifan says:

      Thanks Bill. Gonna read it for sure. I was listening to radio some days ago.. they talked a lot about him..made him sound like Tyler Seguin * 2.

  46. frontenac1 says:

    @Hobie. Agree with everything you said amigo. I still think we need one more Heavyweight Enforcer to complete the team. Saludos!

  47. habstrinifan says:

    @ Habitant In Surrey..
    Confucius say.. Man who dreams he fly to mate with girl is like one crazy cuckoo bird who try to lay eggs in eagle nest.. Not gonna end well.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …when I was a kid I had a dream that seemed so real it took Me years before I would or could acknowledge it was but a ‘dream’ …it was a dream of Myself flying.

      …not in an airplane or being propelled from a cannon, but only stretching My arms out like wings and soaring …My dream was only of Myself taking flight in My kitchen, out the door and about My neighborhood …not to another continent or galaxy, but to a girl’s home I had a crush for at the time …I did a few fancy fly-bys to impress her, …and mid-dream was awoken unwantedly by My mother for one reason or another She only knew

      …strange, out of the millions of dreams We must experience in a Lifetime, it was this one dream that has stayed so real to Myself all these decades

      …likely the inspiration to all the travels and love of flying that followed in My very eclectic Life.

      …anyhow, sorry to bore You, …but I came upon a video on today that made Me realize I was born maybe 40 to 50 years too soon 🙂

      • Habitant in Surrey says:


        …hi Trin, I guess this is what You are referring to ? 🙂

        …I had thought it was lost in the ether as it was last post on the last thread

        …yeah, there are times describing Me as ‘cuckoo’ ain’t half wrong 🙂

  48. Bill says:

    Parros doesn’t have to win a game for the Habs or fight every game to be a worthwhile acquisition.

    His presence on the team means I never have to read another stupid post about how the Habs lose because they don’t have an enforcer. That alone makes him a valuable acquisition in my humble estimation.

  49. frontenac1 says:

    @timo. Do really think anybody would be stupid enough to try to skate faster than GP today?

  50. W.M.C.W. #1 says:

    I doubt if parros will win the Habs a cup but a few more players with toughness and skill would. Parros is gonna take on any guy who decides to rough up one of ours but he can’t take on a teams toughness.

    What if 4-tough guys decide to rough up some of our guys. Do you honestly think parros is gonna fight all game. not-ta. he’ll take one maybe two that’ll be it. still a nice guy to have around though.

  51. habs1992 says:

    No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …funny You are bringing-up MMA

      …the other night I was into a Georges St. Pierre and Rory MacDonald binge on You Tube

      …man, both incredibly intelligent fighting machines …but the kind of guys that in real-life would not go looking for trouble or a fight, but IF a fight came to them they would make that sorry-ass regret it

      …wish they had both stuck to hockey, because that’s exactly what I want on Our Team

      …not a knuckle-dragger like Parros

  52. Un Canadien errant says:

    Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated has the 12 best hockey commercials of all time.

    How he missed the Nike Hockey goalie commercials is beyond me.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      🙂 …this was My fav: ‘ David Van Der Gulik – There’s only two things I can’t stand in this world. Those who are intolerant of other people’s cultures. And the Dutch.’

  53. habsfan0 says:

    George Parros to wear #15.
    How come Rejean Houle’s number hasn’t been retired?

  54. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …I think if any of You are thinking Parros coming in here wearing a Superman’s cape will clean-up Our physical disparity with Our competition will be in for a let-down

    …it helps, no doubt about it …but We need a couple more Players that can actually play that are also physical

    …not the head-banging type, but Guys with a physical presence that have skill

    …George Parros can’t be everywhere on the ice (if He gets on the ice at all)

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …say what We do about da Turdranna Muppleweeds, I have to tip My hat to their fans of what gruel they have had to endure for 40 or so years

    • Mavid says:

      Sens fans the stats show decent attendance but a good many are fans of other teams..I know of no other building were the captain of the home team gets booed..and were you can walk up and buy tickets to the first round of the playoffs..the building fun forgot..

      • jctremblay says:

        Lived in Ottawa for many years. They have to artificially pump up the Sens crowd at every opportunity because otherwise they will sit on their hands. (talking about the locals, not the legion of Habs and Leafs fans who show up) Before Jeff Hunt took over the 67’s , they had measly crowds for Kilrea coached teams that generally over achieved. Jeff had to use every marketing gimmick in his considerable bag of tricks to get people involved in games. RoughRider games were similiar.. But you do to a soccer game that features their kids and those middle class government workers scream their lungs out…lol

  55. Da Hema says:

    Not only would Parros kick Laraque’s arse, he would also do so on the SAT.

    • Habitant in Surrey says:

      …I would bet on only the SAT 🙂

      …the only problem with Laraque was he finding belatedly his feminine side when he returned to Montreal

      …but, in the right frame of mind Georges would kick Parros’ butt every way which way in a hockey fight

      • Da Hema says:

        You are right. The good news with Parros is that he will not ponder incoherent matters like “The Code.” Only a deeply confused mind could even derive such nonsense.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      I saw Georges Laraque often in his Oilers days, and he was basically undefeated. So big and strong, great balance, nobody could beat him, at best some would somewhat tie him up or upend him in a wrestle, but even those who tried that would often get a knuckle sandwich or ten for their troubles.

      I know Derek Boogaard was supposed to be the biggest meanest enforcer around he had the perfect nickname, but every time he fought Big Georges it wasn’t even close. Georges would make him look silly.

  56. Hobie Hansen says:

    George Parros will probably never be responsible for winning Montreal a hockey game. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a valuable player to have.

    What is it, the last three seasons the Habs have been in a line brawl where four of the five Habs on the ice got their asses kicked?

    And then there’s the dozens of other games where someone is slapping around a Habs player and nobody on the team even says boo. Gallagher and Galchenyuk were absolutely plastered into the boards or at open ice, even taunted or given an extra whack to boot, and zero response from any Montreal player, on MANY nights.

    Prust was there when he could be but was sometimes sidelined with an injury or had already fought earlier in the game. White was told not to fight halfway though the season and nobody really knows what was up with Moen last year?

    I’m so sick of tuning into games and watching guys like McLaren and Orr from the Leafs, Neil and Kassian from the Sens and half the Bruins team, skate around the ice without a care in the world and rough up our Habs.

    At least now Parros can go with those guys. Or Parros can sucker punch Kadri like Orr did to Bourque last year. Parros can take the Habs off the receiving end for once and go out there and initiate the physical stuff.

    A team that not only loses the game but also gets beat up, night after night, will suffer a hit to their identity, pride and cause the team to lose confidence.

    • Ed says:

      How stupid can the habs be getting involved in the line brawl in the first place, don’t you see that hobbie?
      And most of the time we start the brawl, how mentally deficient is that?
      Lesson #1 in life: never start a fight you know you can not win, there is a better, more effective option available to you, and you NEED to find it.
      We are not a fighting team? So what!
      Line brawling for a team that can’t fight? Absolutely stupid.

      • Hobie Hansen says:

        The line brawl was only a small portion of my statement. And stupid or not, fights happen. And guess what, Michel Therrien is going to tell a few guys on his bench to fight.

        If you don’t believe the team cares or notices when they’re pushed around all night and rack up loss after loss in the fight department, I would disagree.

        And I thinK we are a fighting team now btw. Our buddy Prust tends to try and lead the league in fighting majors and Parros is right there with him. And I’m sure White and Moen while chime in on occasion as well.

        Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as the majority of Habs fans will ;-).

  57. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …do You realize McCarron is as tall and heavier than Parros, and only 18 years old ?

    • Mark C says:

      But he was a reach! They could have had him at 34 or later!

      All joking aside, I was pretty lukewarm on the pick initially but the more research I do on McCarron the more exicited I am about him being part of the Habs prospect pool.

  58. Habfan10912 says:

    They should have given Gionta a stool to stand on among Lars and Parros. Holy crap.

  59. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …Our Habs signing Johnny Wadd should add a few more ladies to Our Fan-base

  60. Timo says:

    LOL… how many skaters at that rink were faster than Parros? 🙂

  61. habs11s says:

    The best part of the new alignment? I can fully support the Jets next season! They’ve been upgraded to my ‘Western Conference Team!’


    “How would you like a job where when you made a mistake, a big red light goes on and 18,000 people boo?” -Jacques Plante

  62. adamkennelly says:

    lets be honest – if Travis Moen was doing his job properly – Brandon Prust would not have been brought in. Proof is in the pudding. Last year – Prust proved that Moen was not getting the job done. Time for Habs to part ways with #32…

    also – Parros may end up being more popular in MTL than Briere.

    • habs12 says:

      why wouldnt they have brought him in? you need more than just one of those type of player.

    • CharlieHodgeFan says:

      Too soon. Something was off with Moen last season – conditioning, injury, whatever. Let’s see what he does in a role – no longer on the top lines but playing the role he should have had all along. Prust had to be brought in because Moen alone wasn’t cutting it. Moen, Prust and Parros, if they are all on their game, are a stronger unit than any one of them alone, said Captain Obvious.

      I’d like to see bounceback seasons from Moen, Desharnais and Gionta. There are lots of things I’d like though, and they don’t all happen. We’ll know when the cold winds blow.

    • Mark C says:

      BS. Brandon Prust is a good hockey player who beings value. If you can add him to your team, you do it, regardless if Travis Moen is on the roster or not.

  63. HabFab says:


  64. Mavid says:

    mmmmmmmmm Parros

  65. habs1992 says:


    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

    • Chuck says:


      Anyone but the Sens! (Check.) And Boston (Triple check.) Oh, and the Laffs, too. (Double check.)

  66. habs1992 says:

    There will be a trade be summers end.

    I support Carey Price
    “Habs Insider”

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