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."
When we started our journey we made a commitment to our fans to be relevant and to see the Chicago Blackhawks become the best professional hockey organization. There are not two finer symbols of that than Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The commitment we have made to these incredible young men is equal to the commitment they have made to our team, our fans, our entire organization and the city of Chicago.
— Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions