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#17 - Georges Laraque 2008-09


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Well if I think about Big George, I'm considering him much more than just a pugilistic threat.

If as both BG and Carbs have stated and what some posters have said that... having a player on the Habs strictly for fighting would be a waste, then I assume that when the decision to sign Laraque was made there was a belief that he could also play hockey at a decent enough level to contribute.

And that is what I believe Goerge is quite capable of doing for Montreal. He would be more effective for the team pon the ice, rather than in the penalty box.

As far as poolers go though... I wouldn't count too much on either his point numbers or penalty minutes (they are not as high as you'd expect).

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Well if I think about Big George, I'm considering him much more than just a pugilistic threat.

If as both BG and Carbs have stated and what some posters have said that... having a player on the Habs strictly for fighting would be a waste, then I assume that when the decision to sign Laraque was made there was a belief that he could also play hockey at a decent enough level to contribute.

And that is what I believe Goerge is quite capable of doing for Montreal. He would be more effective for the team pon the ice, rather than in the penalty box.

As far as poolers go though... I wouldn't count too much on either his point numbers or penalty minutes (they are not as high as you'd expect).

He is great behind the net and in the corners as Ive seen in pittsburgh his massive size and strength draws an extra defender to knock him off the puck opening up ice for our speed to capitalze and he can protect our talent.

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I like this guy he plays hard and has a nose for the net along with his physical play, but there is one thing many are over looking this guy has played for 2 stanley cup final teams oilers and pens so he brings playoff experience . I can see Laraque playing along side higgins and koivu not every night but when warranted . Or him in front of the net on say the power play as a garbageman or 6 player in the pull the goalie drill.

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"Guy Carbonneau indicated today we won't be seeing Georges Laraque make his CH debut any time soon – and certainly not Wednesday night, when the Boston Bruins and dastardly Shawn Thornton come to town.

Laraque's groin tweak, sustained even before the intra-squad game in Pierrefonds, may be more troublesome than initially thought.

Because of injuries, the Canadiens will kep 30 players around for games against Detroit and the Bruins.

This could be last hot dogs at the Bell Centre for most of the kids. François Gagnon predicts Max-Pac, B-Max, Yannick Weber and Gregory Stewart will stick around for a while.

Stewart would seem to be competing for a roster spot against Mathieu Dandenault and Kyle Chipchura. But a prolobnged Laraque absence perhaps favours Stewart sticking around."

Well, that is awful. :(

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Takes out the Boogie man with one punch.

Please be back in time for the next game against Boston.

Wow! I have never seen that video before. It's not too often Boogard gets beaten in a fight. Especially that badly. Laraque really schools him from the get-go. He gets into open space instead of letting Boogard grab him from the face-off. He takes his time. He puts him entirely off balance with the collar grab. Laraque avoids the first punch onto the shoulder and then gives him one clean shot to the face, which puts Boogard completely on the defensive until he goes down a few seconds later. THAT is how you fight. Holy smokes. :lol:

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