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Laraque's role no small one in Penguins' impressive playoff run

Updated: May 13, 2008, 3:10 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

PHILADELPHIA -- This is Georges Laraque's self-assessment of where he was a year ago when he came to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I was a whale," the Penguins' tough guy said Monday. "I was a whale at 270 [pounds], and now I'm in better shape at 255. It's much easier to skate at 255 than 270."

Now, this isn't a plug for the Laraque diet plan, although the personable big man likely could make it a fine second career if he chose to do so. The fact that Laraque heeded ...

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