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Georges Laraque Is Serious About a Comeback

If you weren’t in the Edmonton area Wednesday night, you likely didn’t get to hear Georges Laraque speaking with Jason Gregor on the Team 1260. In this nearly 20 minute long interview Laraque discusses his health issues, his desire to get another chance to end his career on his own terms, and how he feels he could help the Oilers more than any other team in the league next season:

Because you have such a young team, you need somebody to protect the core and you need a role player like me. I won’t take somebody’s roster spot because you are an extra, and everything you do is extra. It’s almost like a bonus. I’d be there to complement those guys, to get them to play bigger, play more freely and not be afraid of being run around.

Look at the years that the Oilers had all of their success with Dave Semenko. I know that he could play and that he was a good player but the role hasn’t changed. LA does it for one, they have Westgarth, and even though he didn’t play in the Stanley Cup Finals the reason why all of those guys were able to play in the playoffs and they were healthy was because he was protecting them all year.

The tough guy has an important role to play in the regular season games. He has to ensure that when playoff time comes all of those guys (skilled players) are healthy and they are not hampered by injury due to other teams taking advantage of them. They can play the game without having to worry about anything and that is what my role will be; to make sure that the young Oilers team, if they make the playoffs, that the guys are healthy because they didn’t get banged around all season long.

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You have to give BGL props for being real good at selling himself.

He did such a good job in Montreal, he managed to convince Bob Gainey that he could be a useful contributor when all the while he knew he wasn’t fit, he was slow, and he was carrying around a serious back injury.

So he took the money and robbed the Habs blind. And when guys like Lucic would run amok hitting our smurfs (and Lord knows we had a few… and still do!) George let them get away with it.

Sure he invited Lucy to dance, but guess what… Lucy ran back to the bench with a big smile on his face. Georges did absolutely nothing. He talked about some mystery ‘enforcer’s code’ (which he apparently is an authority on), blamed his coaches, and talked about how he couldn’t simply jump Lucic and pummel him into the ground as he’d put the team in ‘penalty trouble’.

Thanks for nothing Georges. You couldn’t do your job wearing the CH, your home team, and now you want to ‘help another team out’. The Oil would be chumps for falling for that snake oil sales pitch.

Posted by Marc10 on 06/29/12 at 07:03 AM ET

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Marc10.  Everything you wrote is right on.. Being a Montreal fan I thought BGL was the answer to Montreals needed toughness. What a great sell/con job by BGL

Posted by Erich from Jersey on 06/29/12 at 10:29 PM ET

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