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Habs trade Philippe Lefebvre and a 7th to Florida for George Parros
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07-26-2013, 08:11 PM
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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.
Having a fighter doesn't prevent anything. It's been proven time and time again. Injuries happen to every team and PK or Emelin will absolutely wreck any Bruins or Leafs player if they have the opportunity to do so.
I'm not against having an enforcer, on the contrary, but it's more about sticking up for his teammates than preventing anything or keeping opponents honest.
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