The Canadiens added more beef to their lineup in the acquisition of 6’5” 229 lb. right winger George Parros from the Florida Panthers. The Canadiens gave up forward Philippe Lefebvre a former free agent signing who split his time between Hamilton and Wheeling last season.
A quick glance at Parros’ career statistics line tells you all you need to know, at least about his hockey role. In 452 games, 18 goals and 1007 minutes in penalties. According to the website hockeyfights.com Parros has been involved in 149 regular season fights over his eight year career, most of them with the Anaheim Ducks. He was part of the Anaheim Stanley Cup winning team in 2007. He fought nine times in 39 games with Florida last season.
But there is another side to Parros. In a poll published by the Sporting News in September of 2010, he was named the fourth smartest man in North American Athletics. Parros owns a degree in economics from Princeton University. He graduated in 2003 with a 3.16 grade point average. He wrote his senior year 99 page thesis on the economic impact on the US economy of the 2002 West Coast Longshoreman work stoppage while riding the buses in the American Hockey League while on a pro tryout contract with the Manchester Monarchs.
Last season with the Panthers Parros recorded a goal and an assist in 39 games with 53 hits and 57 minutes in penalties. He averaged 6 minutes and ten shifts per game. Forty-five of his 57 penalty minutes were taken up in his nine fights.
Parros has a year remaining in the two year free agent contract he signed with Florida last summer at a salary cap charge is $937,500.