Wednesday, July 5, 2006

double sigh



Well, the one guy who actually LIKES Edmonton is gone to Phoenix.

Is it any wonder why I haven't felt like blogging about hockey lately (that and a blazing July sun, girls in skirts and patio wheat ales)?

I guess the good thing, for both Laraque and the Oilers, is that the Coyotes overpaid le GG by about a million too much, with a two-year contract worth $2.4 million. Incredibly, Laraque even got a no-trade clause out of the deal. Bonne journée, humble giant!

(sniff)

15 comments:

Steve said...

Good for Georges. I like the part where he said he would have accepted "several hundred thousand dollars per year less" to stay in Edmonton.

Ulanov likes Edmonton too, by the by...

Anonymous said...

Good for Georges! (echo in here I guess. ;-) Considering Laraque indicated he would take a pay cut to play here, can't blame him for seeking a no-trade (would have been a bitter pill to be traded after taking a pay cut). Too bad management couldn't find a role for the big guy next year. Torres and company will have to be more careful now...

Thanks for the memories Georges. Bonne chance!

- Rod

MikeP said...

I hope he does well; he was one of the first Oilers prospects I really took note of. I used to live in Fredericton and I went to a couple of Baby Habs games when the Bulldogs came to down. Dennis Bonvie and Georges Laraque on the same team... good times. I saw a very young Jose Theodore too, Bonvie scored the game winner on a backhander on him - poor guy.

Overpaid yup, but with a 44 million cap, what's a few hundred thousand between friends? Hadn't heard about the NTC though. Guess they figured JR would need some protection. ;)

goilers said...

very sad and very happy.

Coluch said...

Shit dudes... this times next week we'll have nothing left to bargain with but cash & Conklin.

Anonymous said...

Greztky knows he's going to get a lot more than he paid for. Watch for Georges to slim down a bit over the summer, improving his speed and stamina.

Plus, if you're not going to go far into the playoffs (much less make them) then it's always good to have a fan favorite, win or lose, to pull out to fire up the crowd and the team.

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anonymous-ish

Anonymous said...

By the way, who the f*ck is this team, now anyway?

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a-ish

Anonymous said...

Ah'm on bourd the Schrempin' boat...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzdGrMevQrg&search=schremp

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a-ish

goilers said...

yeah, no kidding-----dude, where's my team?

Karen said...

This sucks. I got my autographed action shot of Big G in the mail yesterday which made up for the Portugal loss. I was actually smiling...that is until I turned on the freaking television. Damn. We'll miss you Georges. Don't forget us.

Anonymous said...

Niinimaa likes Edmonton too... plus they could sell 'Niinimaa' decals for people that bought 'Pronger' t-shirts. Or Schremp could take #44 now...

Dave said...

I interviewed Georges for SEE magazine once because he had a small part in this local indie flick called Turnbuckle (http://imdb.com/title/tt0426610/). He was nice guy; I remember he was signing autographs for neighbourhood kids while he was talking to me on his cell.
He also told me about a New Year's party where he was goofing off and annoyed his teammates so much that a couple of them actually took a shit on his truck and smeared it around. He said he was totally humiliated driving around early New Year's morning looking for a 24-hour car wash -- especially when he put on the wipers and couldn't see anything because of the streaks. The way he told the story, it sounded as if it was an every day boys-will-be-boys kinda thing. Even funnier in a French accent.
That article has been taken off the SEE archives site, perhaps at the request of the Oilers, but here's a link to the main feature on the film, which talks about Laraque a bit: http://www.seemagazine.com/Issues/2003/1002/cover.htm
We'll miss ya, big guy. May your days in Phoenix be filled with sunshine, and your nights not be filled with too much poo.

Anonymous said...

Daniel Tjarnqvist has been signed to the Oil for a year.

eun said...

Like Dave, I also had an awesome interview moment with Georges. I dropped by the Oilers locker room to interview several players for the Dose sports section, and one of the players that I chatted with was Laraque. Like Dave says, he was very friendly with the media, and answered my (mostly silly) questions with a smile.

Plus, I totally got to watch him wail on the poor Oilers media relations guy. Laraque chased him around the locker room, then into an office, where he threw media-relations-guy onto the sofa, and then proceeded to rough him up, enforcer-style. This was then followed by Georges holding the guy down while visiting children took the mickey out of the media-relations-guy (with Georges happily encouraging them). After Georges wandered back to the locker room, the bruised media guy asked me why I hadn't stepped in to help him out. I responded with something like, "Are you serious? That was Georges Laraque. I _do_ watch hockey, you know."

It's one of my special media memories.

the groinery said...

haha. deadly shit story.

the last time so many people liked a bruiser like this in edmonton.... it had to have been semenko. gl's gonna be missed. probably not by staff and players, but by the fans.