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."
I challenged him to a goalie fight when we chatted before the game, but he didn't want to go. It was strange to see him at the other end of the ice, but I'm sure he felt the same way looking down at our end.
— Vancouver goalie Eddie Lack joking about facing his former teammate Roberto Luongo after the Canucks' win against the Panthers