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."
It was definitely emotional. I really appreciated the fans. It was a cool feeling and it felt special and the ovation there at the start and then you kind of feel funny out there standing by yourself. Thinking back, I was saying just a bit ago, you think back just trying to make the NHL and then you kind of reflect on all the years being able to play for a great organization here in Calgary and all the fun I've had so far in my career. I feel very fortunate and blessed.
— Boston forward Jarome Iginla on his return to Calgary, where he played for 16 seasons