George Parros is out of hospital after treatment for an injury suffered in a fight with Toronto’s Colton Orr in the third period of Tuesday night’s 4-3 loss to Toronto. At the end of the fight he fell face-first to the ice and was knocked unconscious.
The Canadiens posted on their twitter feed Wednesday “Medical update on George Parros: he was released from the hospital, suffered a concussion, will be out indefinitely.”
There was some concern that Parros also suffered facial fractures in the fall to the ice but such is not the case.
Parros was alert enough in hospital at 2.00AM to post on his twitter account, “Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. #classyfollowers.”
The incident inevitably will heat up the debate on the relationship of fighting to hockey. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, in his postgame news conference, called the incident “just bad luck. You don’t see those things often”
In other news
The Canadiens have quietly returned defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to the Hamilton Bulldogs. There has been no official announcement of the roster move other than this brief post on the Bulldogs twitter account at 9.00am Wednesday “The @CanadiensMTL have assigned D Nathan Beaulieu to #HamOnt @BulldogsAHL.”
The Canadiens are enjoying a Wednesday day-off before they make a three-hour bus trip to Lac Megantic for a public practice Thursday. ‘Thus, there has been no one to comment on the Beaulieu move. Because of injuries to Alexei Emelin, David Drewiske and Douglas Murray, the Canadiens have only six defencemen currently on their roster.
The Parros injury also means Michael Bournival could make his NHL debut Saturday night against Philadelphia. If not, Ryan White will rejoin the fourth line with Moen and Prust. With only twenty-one players in camp, there is little lineup flexibility. Look for a front office move of some sort over the next two days.