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Georges Laraque #17 of the Montreal Canadiens plays in his first game at the Bell Centre on October 15, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Good bye George, you’re a good guy and a heavyweight to respect.

We won’t miss his goal scoring touch or playmaking abilities. Will we even miss what he was meant to do, fight and protect his teammates? Strangely, enough, we probably won’t miss that either.

I’ve always believed we needed a police officer to protect our playmakers and small guys but too often than not, big bad George was either injured or simply not fighting. He never fulfilled his career reputation.

“Not being productive…and being destructive on the whole…” were among the words Bob Gainey used to explain why George was released.

We can’t comment, as fans, about the distraction he had become to his team, as Gainey reports, but couldn’t his release have been done in a more classy way? The poor guy must be suffering with the tragedy that has hit homeland of Haiti, this unceremonious severing of ties just seems plain cold.

“…Gainey said he gave Laraque an offer Wednesday to give him a leave of absence so he could deal with the situation in Haiti, either by being with his family or by going to the devastated country to help with the recovery. Gainey said Laraque refused the offer, saying everything was fine, ” reports the Toronto Star.

Well, if the above is the case, that answers my question.

Au revoir Georges.

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