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Would you want to see Georges Laraque return to Edmonton?

View Poll Results: Do we want to see the return of Georges Laraque?
Yes, as soon as possible! 22 22.22%
Yes, but not until his current contract expires! 32 32.32%
No thanks! 45 45.45%
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01-23-2007, 02:50 PM
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Would you want to see Georges Laraque return to Edmonton?

Just ran into Big George today. I guess he's spending the all-star break in Edmonton.

I have a feeling he might be back in Oil silks one day, perhaps one day soon. Do we want him back?

My vote was yes, ASAP!

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01-23-2007, 02:54 PM
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01-23-2007, 02:57 PM
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Never thought I'd say this but, yeah, I'd love to have him back. But not at his current contract.

Hey Kevin, diarize this for 1.5yrs, then give the big guy a call and bring him back for a reduced contract.

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01-23-2007, 03:00 PM
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Coach Wayne Gretzky scratched enforcer Georges Laraque from Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Laraque was a noticeable non-factor in Phoenix's previous game, its most brutal match of the season played Thursday at San Jose.

Josh Gratton took some licks in a fight with Sharks defenseman Rob Davison in that game, which San Jose won 5-2, and Sharks defenseman Doug Murray delivered some hard, open-ice checks to Coyotes forwards Shane Doan and Mike Zigomanis.

Laraque was not credited with a hit and did not get into a fight, and it's safe to assume some of his teammates were disappointed.

Laraque, who has been scratched three times this season, appeared to verbally challenge some of the Sharks during Thursday's game, but they avoided him.

When asked if it was frustrating that none of the Sharks wanted a piece of him, Laraque said: "Why should they? I knew they wouldn't, and I can't get a penalty and put the team in trouble because we could have still come back in the game. You've got be careful the way you respond to it (physical play) . . . The main point is the tough guys are not taking advantage of our team."

Asked Saturday if it was fair to say he was disappointed that Laraque did not get more involved in the rough stuff on Thursday, Gretzky picked his words carefully.

"I don't think that's fair to say," Gretzky said. "I'd just like to see him more involved physically . . . It's a hard thing for Georges, and Georges has to realize that the first thing teams are going to say is 'just let him sleep.' They're not going to go near Georges, and Georges has to engage himself. I've talked to him about it. When the pucks were dumped in (on Thursday night) he was trying to get hits, but it really didn't materialize for him. But as I've said to Georges in the past, the first thing teams say is 'just leave him alone and let him do his thing and don't wake him up.' That's not good for us. We need him woken up."
Source -> Arizona Republic

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01-23-2007, 03:01 PM
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No not in anyway, he maybe tough, but he's useless as a player.

I would rather have Stortini on this team then Laraque. Stortini can skate at something close to an NHL level.

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01-23-2007, 03:05 PM
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He and his no trade clause and $1M salary can stay where they are. Winchester and JFJ are cheaper and faster, or at least Stortini can hit and will intimidate. Laraque spent the game trying to keep up to the play, and handing out flowers.

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not at his current contract...i'd have him here for 600,000...

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01-23-2007, 03:12 PM
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When he was here, I was happy to see him a healthy scratch because he didn't know his role and still doesn't. If he would have been a more intimidating factor here with Edmonton and made it hard for teams to play us then yeah I would have liked him, but he simply is not that player.

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he is getting lots and lots of icetime in Phoenix cause of how bad that team is

he comes bck to edmonton--it would be as a 3rd/4th liner getting only 8minutes a games

and since he stopped being the enforcer--he is a good guy--but he is no longer looking after protecting his fellow players as much as he should

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yes, but not as a player.

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No not in anyway, he maybe tough, but he's useless as a player.

I would rather have Stortini on this team then Laraque. Stortini can skate at something close to an NHL level.
because clearly his 19 points are something Stortini could easily surpass.

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No not in anyway, he maybe tough, but he's useless as a player.

I would rather have Stortini on this team then Laraque. Stortini can skate at something close to an NHL level.
Stortini is nowhere near the hockey player that Laraque is.

I'd love to have George back on the team, but in a limited role with a much lower salary. There's no question I'd put him in the lineup over a number of the rookie hopefuls we've had playing on the big club already this season (Jacques, Mihknov, and Winchester to name a few).


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01-23-2007, 04:38 PM
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because clearly his 19 points are something Stortini could easily surpass.
I've said it before, his point totals are more of an indictment on how bad Pheonix and less on how "good" George is.

Stortini would know his roll and stick of for his teammates, not fight by appointment and give attitude like he's a real player on the team.

When Todd Harvey makes you look useless, you are useless.

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I've said it before, his point totals are more of an indictment on how bad Pheonix and less on how "good" George is.
So you compare him to someone playing in the AHL? How good of a team is Hamilton?

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Stortini would know his roll and stick of for his teammates, not fight by appointment and give attitude like he's a real player on the team.
Yeah, Stortini looked great standing around with his arms out begging someone to fight him.

Real take charge attitude there.

Face it, players just can't go around and start fights because they want to. It doesn't work that way. Goddard sat there and laughed at him and skated away.

Intimidation at it's finest.

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When Todd Harvey makes you look useless, you are useless.
And talentless too right?

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01-23-2007, 05:09 PM
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because clearly his 19 points are something Stortini could easily surpass.

All this shows is not to judge, write off, or put limited expectations on a player... something you are doing with Stortini right now.

I would take Stortini over Big G any day of the week. After all im not employing either to score big points but rather to intimidate players, something that Laraque failed to do. I would have never witnessed Laraque give the lip that Stortini gave to Dion on Saturday. If someone hits a star player and didn't want to fight Laraque it was the end of the story. That's not what you want from a enforcer. The guy should be knocked out before he has a chance to say no.

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01-23-2007, 05:11 PM
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Georges was a decent role player, and even came up with a timely goal or two.

It would be interesting to know what he would have charged for his services from Edmonton. The PHX contract was crazy, EDM couldn't do a NTC. Oh well, it's not like he was going to play with Hemsky and play a true enforcer, so a Storini here and there will do.

Hell I like Winch and Roy's physocal game too.

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Good role player, would love to see him back ASAP but his contract is too expensive

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Screw it, I want Dave Brown back.




Did he have any sons that played hockey?

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01-23-2007, 07:15 PM
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Yeah Sean Brown

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Yeah, Stortini looked great standing around with his arms out begging someone to fight him.

Real take charge attitude there.
well it looks better than Laraque doing nothing when our guys get run.

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nope, nope ... nope ... aaaand nope. I've already seen more in Stortini .....

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I enjoyed him while he was in Edmonton, but that is in the past now. Leave it that way.

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he is getting lots and lots of icetime in Phoenix cause of how bad that team is

he comes bck to edmonton--it would be as a 3rd/4th liner getting only 8minutes a games

For the record,

As of 23/01/07

Western Conference standings

10. Edmonton 34 games remaining 50 points
11. Phoenix 34 games remaining 46 points

Laraque for the season:
45 5 14 19 +4 39 not too shabby for a 4th line forward

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It all depends on what Laraque's role with the team would be. He's proven in Phoenix that he has more dimensions to his game than when he was with Edmonton would it continue in Edmonton? Probably not.

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I said yes, because the guys who replaced him in the line up this year have done next to nothing. At very least I think Georges was good for the locker room. I would not want him back at his current salary though.

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