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Parros sent packing Written by Seymour Buttz - November 28th, 2010

It only took 24 hours for George Parros to get his wish. After being acquired from the Florida Panthers the day before, Parros became disgruntled after learning he would likely be a scratch on the Colorado Avalanche. He had been picked up as an extra player to add toughness if needed. Deciding that he wanted to be a regular and not just a spare part, Parros asked management to trade him. And they did just that.

Th Colorado Avalanche did not want any discontent in the dressing room as they have been playing well of late and any disruptions to the chemistry could be bad. So Avs managment felt it best to follow through on Parros' request. George Parros was dealt to the San Jose Sharks to add some toughness to their roster. In exchange the Avs receive defenceman Austin levi, College prospect Jordan Samuels-Thomas and a 5th round pick. San Jose also recieve a 6th roundr in 2013.

"This deal we felt was perfect for what we were looking for" said sentinel20. Levi was a guy i very much wanted to draft but the Sharks took him a few picks ahead of us. Samuels-Thomas is still about 2-3 years away from being an impact guy but we definately feel his toughness will be a real asset when he is ready. He still has 3 years at Bowling Green before turning pro, but we will keep a close eye on his progress"

Parros, who is heading to his 3rd team this week after being acquired from Florida said "I am very happy that the Avalanche were so speedy at granting my request. I wanted to be in a situation where i could play and not just be a press box fixture, which is what my role would have been in Colorado. I think this works out great for both clubs. I am very pleased"

Though the deal appears to be a very good one for Colorado it does leave them without a legitimate tough guy precence on the team. Though they have Aaron Volpatti on the farm, the big club is full of aging skill guys and a few role plyers but no one who really could be considered an agitator.

"Im not worried about the tougness issue in the least "Said Paul Maurice "As long as we are mentally tough and tough to play against an enforcer is not necessary. I feel we have the required tougness in the room to compete every night. Parros would have been a nice addition no question, its always good to have that deterent hanging over other teams, but in the end the ice time he would have received would have been minimal and he knew that"

The Avalanche take on the New Jersey Devils in their next game. It will also mark the first games for both Paul Mara and Mike Knuble in the lineup.

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