A few changes to this season’s opening night Habs roster
Published Monday, September 30, 2013 9:53PM EDT
MONTREAL -- With only one day until the start of the NHL regular season, the Habs’ roster is shaping up for its opening game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.
George Parros is one of three Montreal Canadiens not around at the start of season last January.
At 6’5”, it’s no mystery what this giant brings to the lineup, and it’s something this roster has been missing for a long time, say teammates
“We needed to add some toughness. George was a good guy. He takes a lot of pressure off Prust and (Travis) Moen and (Ryan) White who were taking on guys they had no business taking on. And even if he's not fighting, it sends a message to the other team,” said winger Rene Bourque
“I like the line a lot,” said Parros. “I have played with Moen. I know what he brings. He’s a great player. I haven't played with Brandon Prust, but I like what he brings. We are obviously going to bang some bodies. I always like to play with like-minded guys. Get up and down the ice and bang around a bit.”
Forward Lars Eller agrees Parros is a good addition to the roster.“We certainly have something in Parros. We have an asset we haven't had before; a big guy who drops it can be intimidating. It feels good to have a guy who has your back. So does Prust, Whitey, Moe. We’ve got a lot of grit in this lineup,” he said.
Another player who will put the CH on his chest for the first time for real Tuesday night is Daniel Briere. A Quebec native, Briere passed up a chance to make this local dream come true, but not this go around, and he's sounding the trumpet of motivation.
“I grew up being a Montreal Canadiens fan,” he said. “I was going to bed at night crying when they lost a game. I just felt at this stage it was a chance I could not let go. It’s a little bit of a dream.”
After an outstanding camp, another player who is new to start the year and might be the most important of the three if his curve of progression continues is rookie Jarred Tinordi.
Tinordi will be on the opening night roster as the club announced Monday that Douglas Murray has suffered an upper body injury in practice on Sunday, and will be out of the lineup for four to six weeks.
“I’m definitely going be more comfortable on the ice… I was worried about mistakes and that got in my head a bit. Mistakes are okay -- with tiny mistakes, as long I am battling and competing and I am physical,” said Tinordi.
Fellow defenceman P.K. Subban sees a bright future for the rookie.“He's going to be a very impactful player. I’ve said his job is to get better every day. I think it will be interesting to see what he looks like in a couple years. As he continues to improve, he’s going to be a really good hockey player,” said Subban.