I suppose I wondered for the better part of two years why Georges Laraque was a Montreal Canadien. I just never got it. I always figured that surely there must be someone within the organization who could fight reasonably well and put up better numbers than Georges. At least skate and shoot better while doing a little thumping here and there.
I just never knew why he was there. He was a disappointment on a disappointing team.
Did the big fellow help the club? I never saw it. I saw a few staged fights now and then, fights without rage and fury, fighting for the sake of fighting. I saw one goal from the guy on a team that needed help in that department from everyone.
Georges rarely fought, saw limited ice time, contributed almost nothing, never seemed to get upset, when getting angry in my book was the order of the day. Just a few little kisses, a big grin, and a plodding skater.
I’m glad the big guy is gone, and I have nothing against him except for the fact that he didn’t help the team. This, I took personally.
The whole idea of an enforcer is to strike fear into the other team. Georges didn’t do that because he’s basically a big softy at heart. An enforcer should become enraged, clobber the guy who clobbered your teammate. Make them pay for their sins. Make them think twice about pounding Tomas Plekanec and Brian Gionta.
Ane while you’re at it, pop a couple of goals here and there and be a leader in some ways – an important player in an important role.
Georges was too busy eating vegetables, burning incense, being a new-age person in a rough-and-tumble sport. He needed to breathe fire. Instead he tossed roses. A million and a half for that?
He needed to be a modern day John Ferguson. Destroy, grab the odd point, and take no prisoners. Or at least be Georges Laraque in a bad mood.
A bad mood isn’t too much to ask, is it?
And now what? It’s a small team, these Montreal Canadiens. Who’s the guy to fill a very important role ? Is there one?
For sure this is a wake-up call for the others. Do the job you’re expected to do. Unfortunately, Georges didn’t.