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Don’t call it a comeback: Georges Laraque wants to return to the NHL

Jun 10, 2012, 12:06 PM EDT

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The last we saw of Georges Laraque in the NHL came in the 2009-10 season with the Montreal Canadiens. Since then he’s dropped the gloves in the movie “Goon” duking it out with Seann William Scott and become an activist in Canada.

Now, as Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports, Laraque wants to make his return to the league and it sounds like he’ll take just about anything anyone will give him.

“At my age I wouldn’t expect to play every game and if I went from nine minutes a game to four or five, that’s fine. I could be a veteran role player. I can’t see how a team could turn me down with those terms if they want toughness. I want to end on my own terms and I have something to prove. I’m going to be so motivated to play again,” he said.

Laraque is 35-years-old and if you haven’t noticed, enforcers are starting to fade out of the game. Laraque says he’d love to return to Edmonton because his kids are there, but with Ben Eager in place already, there might not be a place for him.

As Laraque says, he’ll take whatever someone is willing to give him and he’d play for the league minimum. Ending his career on his own terms could be inspiration from how Nicklas Lidstrom decided to hang ’em up but that’s the last time you’ll see those two mentioned in the same sentence.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    You should have never never never in any circumstances ever mentioned him in the same sentence with Nicklas Lidstrom a major violation and an egregious sign of disrespect !

  2. mclovinhockey - Jun 10, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Agreed with eagles… But a return would not be a bad thing… He is a great guy and could add a lot of heart to a team. Easily one of the most respected goons of all time… Wouldn’t mind him in orange and black for minimum wage.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jun 10, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    He would look pretty good in teal.

  4. gaborik104life - Jun 10, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    He would look best in a mesh tank top and a pink European bathing suit that are way above knee high (kidding). But if we are talking about which nhl teams jersey he would look best in I would have to go with Washington or Tampa. Washington has grinders and guys that can throw down but not anyone whose main or one of the main jobs is that of an enforcer.

    • blkeskimo1785 - Jun 10, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Washington has D.J. King, but they rarely dress him.

  5. rasal68 - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    What? Hes gonna give up his job as the prosecutor on Night Court…

  6. rasal68 - Jun 10, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Oops. Different dude. Never mind.

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