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07-26-2013, 07:05 AM
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Originally Posted by LLoyd Christmas I View Post
I do agree with the fact that the Canadiens need more intimidating players, but the current Parros isn't the answer.

Perhaps a few years ago, when he fought to fight, rather than now, fighting to not get hurt.

I do hope he regains a certain mean streak, and that this current roster of mainly non-fighters gives him a sense of purpose and duty, but I remain skeptical as to what he can bring. Reading the fighting boards, the sentiment is similar, and most likely, that feeling is shared among bruisers in our division.

Does Parros still have any fight left within him? That remains to be seen.
You're missing the point.

The value of a guy like Parros isn't his win-loss record, it's that he keeps guys like Orr/McLaren/Thornton/Neil honest and not running around trying to injure and intimidate our skill guys.

If you look at the guys Boston have that fights, their record is not very good against the top guys but they stand up for each other and guys like Marchand don't get pummelled 3-4 times a year as a result.

If you evaluate Thornton strictly on fighting ability he is a poor enforcer, but he is in fact a good one because he fights to protect teamates and he can play a bit so he isn't a total liability. Parros is not as good a player as Thornton but he is a bigger/better fighter.

Parros' value is guys like Emelin White Prust Moen Subban can play their game not having to fear having to fight a guy like Orr or Scott.

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