Thursday, August 15, 2013

Montreal Canadiens Off-Season Player Profile: George Parros

By: Sean Lloyd (@SeanLLoyd93)

George Parros
6’5” 228 lbs
2013 Stats
39GP- 1G- 1A- 2Pts- 57 PIM

The Cost
Montreal Canadiens general manager, Marc Bergevin, knew that the Canadiens needed to add size and toughness to his roster in order to get his team further in the playoffs. That being said, Bergevin signed enforcer George Parros to a two year deal worth $1.875 million.
Parros will earn $925,000 in his introductory year with the Habs and $950,000 in 2014-15. The contract came with a $100,000 signing bonus and has an annual cap hit of $937,500 per season.

It’s quite obvious that Parros is being brought in for his performance without his gloves. His 18 goals scored during his nine year career aren’t enough to entice anybody looking for offence.
In 2013, Parros took part in nine fights with a record of 3-1-5 according to . A record with more wins would be more welcome, but for a team that depends on Brandon Prust and Travis Moen to keep opposing goons in line.
Parros may not have won all his battles but a guy who is willing to drop the gloves against Buffalo Sabres 6’8” 270 pound behemoth, John Scott once- let alone twice- is more than welcome on my team.

The Fit
You won’t be seeing Parros on the power play anytime soon and his teammates will be killing a lot more of his penalties than the other way around.
Parros is coming to the Habs to protect them. The opposition will know that if they want to take a run at Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher and company then Parros will come at them with two fists and a mustache’a’blazing.
Parros’s presence will also take a lot of pressure off of Prust and Moen. Prust can still throw his weight around but can also concentrate on other aspects of his game such as killing penalties and chipping in with more offence. Moen can concentrate more on...whatever it is he does.

Do you think Parros will have a positive effect on his teammates? Or did Bergevin give in to fans demands by giving a roster spot to a tough guy with a great ‘stache?

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I can see a strong Prust - White - Moen checking and PK line, against most teams, and Prust - Moen - Parros line against teams like Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, Philadelphia and Buffalo.

Love the signing, always been a big fan of Parros. He's provide no offense, but will not be a liability on the ice. He's intelligent, has good hockey sense and will stand toe-to-toe against the Fraser McLaren's and Shawn Thornton's of the Eastern conference. And he's also another experience, veteran voice on a young team. I expect to see a lot more discipline and maturity out of Ryan White with Parros in his ear.

I think people are too quick to toss Prust on the 4th line with White and Moen. He showed he can provide offense in a scoring role, and has the ability to keep up with the skilled guys. Prusty-Gally-Gally was dynamic at the start.

Love the Parros deal. We could actually use another tough guy if we were to trade Moen. I agree that Prust is much more of a player and would look great with Chuckie and Gally on the 3rd line. Although Eller also looked good with Chuckie/Gally, I would move him to the 2nd line (Plecks on 1st line). Not sure what I would do with DD, I just think it's time to give Eller the opportunity.

Pretty sure he signed that deal in Florida and only has one year remaining on his contract.

Good point, anon. The Hab aquired Parros from the Panthers in exchange for Philippe Lefebvre and Florida's seventh round pick that was dealt the the Canadiens earlier in the 2013 draft.

Prust has shown his value on a line with Galchenyuk and Gallagher, and provides exactly what that line needs to allow Gallagher and Galchenyuk to succeed. Why mess with what works.

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