I’ve been listening to Montreal TSN 690 on my radio going to and from work and it’s very interesting. Way better than fiddling with the dial while I’m lost.
The subject of George Parros came up this very morning as I bombed down highway 30, and both hosts and listeners agree he’s one tough hombre.
But can he play, they ask? Or will he be holding down one end of the bench, seeing the odd minute here and there?
Who cares if he’s not that great? He’s replacing Colby Armstrong on the right side. Colby had two goals and three assists with the Habs last year, and although George’s numbers are even more dismal, the difference is he’s a mean fighting machine, which is an element many Habs fans, including me, have been wanting.
Just having a guy like that in the lineup every night, whether he sees lots of minutes or not, keeps the other team from being assholes. The Canadiens have the speed and skill already. But they haven’t had the guy who strikes fear in the hearts of others. One who reminds opponents just by skating around in pregame warmup that the Habs need not be messed with.
Opponents are perfectly aware of the other team’s lineup. They know that mugging Brendan Gallagher or Alex Galchenyuk or Tomas Plekanec or Lars Eller will probably mean George is going to see some minutes. Tune the offender in, opening up room for the speedsters.
And as an added bonus, create havoc in front of the net and maybe give the other guy a swat when the referee’s not looking.
Who cares if he’s not that good? He has another role to play, and if he plays it well, he’ll help the team. Brandon Prust, Ryan White and Travis Moen weren”t enough. But with George, a heavyweight, it might be. Imagine the mayhem all of them could get into against the Bruins or Leafs.