Thursday, July 03, 2008

Laraque to Play at Home

The Montreal Canadiens obviously felt that they needed to get tougher to compete with the likes of the Flyers in the playoffs for next season, so they signed a 3-year deal with tough guy, Georges Laraque, that will pay him $1.5 million each year.

A Montreal native, Laraque, 31, will bring a bodyguard attitude to the Habs line-up in order to protect the interests of the team's youth, namely Carey Price. Laraque also can bring some scoring to the line-up as well, as he was good for 4 goals and 9 assists in 71 games with the Penguins last season. He isn't a big enough scorer for your pool team, but he sure does like those penalty minutes.

Alexei KovalevAndrei MarkovCarey Price
Tomas PlekanecRoman Hamrlik
Alex TanguayMike Komisarek
Saku KoivuMathieu Dandenault
Andrei KostitsynFrancis Bouillon
Christopher Higgins
Guilliaume Latendresse
Sergei Kostitsyn
Maxim Lapierre
Tom Kostopoulos
Georges Laraque
Steve Begin

The Canadiens now have 18 signed players for next season at an estimated salary cap hit of $45.6 million, which has put them in great shape for next season.

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