Canadiens acquire enforcer Parros

The Montreal Canadiens acquired enforcer George Parros from the

Florida Panthers on Friday.

Montreal sent prospect Philippe Lefebvre and a 2014

seventh-round pick to Florida for the 6-foot-5, 228-pound Parros.

It is the same seventh rounder Montreal acquired from the Panthers

at the NHL draft last week.

He had one goal, one assist and 57 penalty minutes last season.

In 452 NHL games, he has 18 goals, 17 assists and 1,007 penalty

minutes.

The Canadiens were likely looking to take some of the fighting

workload off Brandon Prust by dealing for Parros, one of the

league’s best-known heavyweights.

”Brandon’s got the heart of a lion,” Montreal general manager

Marc Bergevin said. ”He’s a warrior. He stands up for his

teammates. You tell him not to do it and he can’t help himself. So

adding George will help him.”

Bergevin didn’t sign anyone as the NHL free agent market opened

on Friday, but he swung a deal to land Parros.

”I felt it was an important element to add to our lineup,” he

said. ”We’re bringing in a guy with a lot of character.

”We know what he brings, and it’s an aspect that at this time

we feel is important.”

Parros said he hopes to help the Canadiens by playing hockey as

well as fighting, but acknowledged that dropping the gloves is how

he has made his mark in the NHL.

”I play my game,” Parros said on a conference call. ”I stick

up for my teammates no matter how small or tall they are.

”I bring a level of protection, and I hope they feel

comfortable with me in the lineup.”

Drafted 22nd overall by Los Angeles in 1999, Parros has also

played for the Kings, Colorado, Anaheim. He won the Stanley Cup

with the Ducks in 2007.