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The George Laraque tribute post … welcome to Pittsburgh!

March 1, 2007

If I was a season-ticket holder for the Pittsburgh Penguins (boy, do I wish!), I’d be looking into getting a good telephoto lens for my video-capable digital camera, and warm up the YouTube posting account.

George Laraque (Getty images)George Laraque is now wearing black and gold. Ring the bell!

The Penguins acquired the left winger from the Phoenix Coyotes at the trading deadline to provide a little “enforcement” muscle to prevent cheap shots at the Penguins’ young stars Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin.

Laraque, 30, is as close to a heavyweight champion hockey has had since Bob Probert laid down the law for the Red Wings/Blackhawks.

Mike Prisuta of the Pitt Tribune-Review makes this assessment in today’s edition:

“When you want to build a house and you look in your toolbox, sometimes you’re missing some tools,” Therrien said following practice Wednesday.

The Pens are missing one less today.

The Pens have a hammer.

The Pens have a sledgehammer.

The Pens have a jackhammer.

For the first time in their history, the Penguins possess the NHL’s reigning heavyweight champion.

It would have been better to land a true power forward or a top-four defenseman.

Failing that, Shero has acquired “a presence” (the unanimous characterization of Laraque).

After further review, that might be the next best thing.

Laraque figures he’ll fit right in. He told the Arizona Republic that the Penguins “have a lot of young stars who are getting abused and they need somebody to address that.”

A presence? Well, just type in “Laraque” on YouTube, and you’ll see his presence.



  • First, this fight vs. Raitis Ivanans of the Kings. Watch the replay, and hear Laraque tell Ivanans “good luck” before they scrap:
  • Next, George takes on former Penguins’ goon Krzysztof Oliwa in 2004:
  • Then, George took on the huge 6-foot-7 Wild defenseman Derek Boogaard in 2006:
  • George also scrapped with one of the NHL’s best fighters, Rob Ray:
  • And finally, a tussle with Chris Simon:

A week ago, I wrote about how other sports should lean towards allowing one-on-one fights as a way of diffusing the tension and focus on eliminating full-team brawls.

But, other sports don’t have George Laraque. The Penguins now do.

I can’t wait to see the fireworks.

  1. scottmckenzie permalink
    March 5, 2007 3:46 am

    He hasn’t done it yet, which is suprising, but maybe it’s just because other teams know that the Pens have Laraque and won’t touch Crosby anymore.

  2. Test permalink
    March 30, 2007 12:28 am



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