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Josh Gorges spending lockout mentoring Habs prospect

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 30: Josh Gorges #26 of the Montreal Canadiens looks on against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Josh Gorges is spending the lockout doing things a little bit different. Rather than run off to Europe, he’s taking his time out to help out a potential future star in Montreal in Brendan Gallagher.

Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette hears from Gorges about why he’s doing it and just who Gallagher reminds him of.

“He reminds me a lot of Brian Gionta,” Gorges said. “He’s not afraid to get into the dirty areas around the net where you hack and whack. He came really close to making this team last year, and I thought if I could help him a bit. I know that when I was 19 at the San Jose camp, Scott Hannan took me under his wing and helped me out. I’m trying to do the same thing for Brendan.”

There’s a few reasons why Gorges has been a fan favorite in Montreal, most of them having to do with his tough defensive play. Doing these sorts of things, however, will turn him into a regular folk hero especially if Gallagher succeeds in the NHL.