Those looking for the Habs to add toughness have received what they were
looking for as the team announced on Friday that they have acquired enforcer
George Parros from the Florida Panthers. The price to do so was rather low
as the Canadiens part with AHL/ECHL winger Phillipe Lefebvre and a 2014 7th
round pick (previously acquired from Florida) to get their new tough guy.
Parros joined the Panthers after spending the past six seasons with Anaheim.
Offence is not something the 6’5, 228 lb winger will provide much of, he had
just a goal and an assist in 39 games with Florida in 2012-13 while adding 57
PIMS and an ugly -15 rating while averaging 6:36 per game in ice time (a career
high in ATOI). He
has failed to eclipse the five point plateau in each of the past four years but
has collected 449 PIMS in that span. In his career, he has played a total
of 452 NHL games, scoring 18 goals and adding 17 assists to go along with 1,007
Lefebvre signed with the Habs as an undrafted free agent four years ago and
still has one year remaining on his three year, entry-level contract he signed
at that time (and no, that’s not a typo). Unfortunately, he struggled
right after that, failing to record a point per game in his final two QMJHL
seasons before turning pro where he was a depth player at best. He split
last season between the Bulldogs (23 GP, 4-3-7) and Wheeling of the ECHL (28 GP,
8-8-16). Barring a huge turnaround this coming year, he’d have been
non-qualified next summer.
Parros is on the final year of a two year deal. He’ll earn $950,000 in
salary with the Habs with a slightly lower cap hit of $937,500.