After a year and a half together, the Canadiens and Georges Laraque have parted ways.
General manager Bob Gainey was at the Canadiens' practice facility in Brossard on Thursday morning to give the media a look into what went down between the club and the Habs' enforcer.
"I met with Georges Laraques this morning to inform him that the hockey department had decided to continue working towards our goal without the help of his services," explained Gainey. "After evaluating the situation, two words came to the surface: production and distraction. If a player doesn't have enough of one to cancel the other out, it's time to take action. We believe the decision is what's best for the team."
Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.
— Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on maintaining their success from last season