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Colton Orr: Yes Orr No?

Posted 5:17 PM ET | Comments 12
(I apologize for the title, I like the lame ones, what can I say?)

July 1st and onward should be marked with an abundance of quality signings, but I'm hoping the Toronto Maple Leafs invest in a minor signing that could pay major dividends. Colton Orr is the perfect enforcer for the Leafs, let's bring him to Toronto, Brian Burke!

While Andre Deveaux has proved to be a tough customer in his call-ups with the Leafs, he is still a rookie in the NHL. He's not, at this point, a legitimate enforcer the Leafs can count on to alter the momentum of a game.

Colton Orr? Yeah, I guess you could say he's a little dirty, but he's also one badass motha. He'll drop the gloves with best of them, and that is precisely what the Leafs need. Many may argue that fighting is a dying aspect of the game, and that Orr is not worth the roster spot. To those people, I say drop the flowers and clench the fists, because fighting is still a necessity, especially if the team’s roster consists largely of young players. Sure, a bone-crushing hit is always nice, but what happened to the days when the problems out on the rink were settled with a good ol' fashioned tussle?

I, for one, am sick and tired of watching Jamal Mayers fight the oppositions enforcers and pests. The Leafs need a George Laraque, someone who instills fear into the opponents, and will make them think twice before laying out a Mikhail Grabovski.

Orr is 27 and his salary would be south of one million dollars. He possesses a menacing 6'3, 220 pound frame, and he ranked third in PIM's with 193. He also landed 133 hits, which is fairly impressive considering he averaged 6:29 of ice-time per game. Cheap, effective and Leafs fans get to be entertained by some fisticuffs. What's not to love?

Considering the Leafs are a youth-orientated team, I think it is crucial to implement an enforcer to line-up night-in and night-out. He can protect the youth and instill confidence in players like Grabovski and others. That, and since this is Burke's team now, some toughness is definitely in order.

Still not convinced? I'll let Orr's right hand do the talking. He is the equivalent of the Incredible Hulk.


Enough said.



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May 26, 2009 5:56 PM ET | Delete
Orr is a beast and one of the best fighters around. If you're looking for an out and out enforcer, Orr is about as good as they come.
May 26, 2009 7:30 PM ET | Delete
Orr is one sick SOB. He takes it to another level when he gets punched! He can dress up for my team any time. I think the Rangers will have a hard time keeping him. He rarely looses a fight but sometimes he looses his cool. Not that that's a bad thing!
May 26, 2009 11:40 PM ET | Delete
Orr is a legit heavy weight. He's young, a great fighter, and gives any team a physical presence. In my opinion, I say he's a can't miss this summer.
May 26, 2009 11:42 PM ET | Delete
Next to Parros, he is my first choice..Parros is taken so...Orr and Hollweg were very good together
May 27, 2009 7:23 AM ET | Delete
You guys should definitely sign him. He is the best fighter in the league. I think the Rangers would be better off trying to break in some younger home grown players on the 4th line, Dane Byers can fight and he has much more offensive upside. But, you can't go wrong bringing in Orr, he'd be a fan favorite in Toronto.
May 27, 2009 9:20 AM ET | Delete
I don't know if he's the best fighter in the league but he's certainly capable and has improved his skating and hockey sense immensely. He'll have a job in the NHL for awhile.
May 27, 2009 11:04 AM ET | Delete
I know Orr's family, his dad is hilarious and has some great stories about Colton. Apparently he's a pretty good guy to have around and we all know what he can do with his fists. Is he what the Leafs need though?
May 27, 2009 1:41 PM ET | Delete
If Colton Orr can play 8 minutes a night and add energy and toughness I don't see a problem. but I don't think the Leafs want or need a one-dimensional, 2-minute a night guy. Look how effective George Laraque was in countering Milan Lucic's power game and giving the Habs a chance to win and tell me how a guy who can't skate or forecheck helps win games. Give me Chris Neil types who can play a semi-regular shift and drop 'em.
May 27, 2009 1:47 PM ET | Delete
ANother option, perhaps a little less expensive would be David Koci. Not sure which is the better skater, but either Koci or Orr would be a great fit - plus I would go after Mike Rupp from NJ, as the fourth line prototypical Burke energy intimidation machine. If Chicago has trouble signing Ben Eager, I'd take a look at him as well... at least at under 1M to avoid RFA draft pick compensation.Another Ranger who the Leafs should perhaps consider is goaltender Stephen Valiquette.
May 27, 2009 5:54 PM ET | Delete
BorjeFan4E, You sound like a NY Yankee fan! Sign this one, sign that one, sign everyone. LOL
May 28, 2009 7:10 AM ET | Delete
Colton Orr would be a nice fit on our team. Don't worry leaf fans I've heard from sources that RICK NASH has secretly asked Blue Jacket management he wants a trade to come home. This will be a big summer, just watch!
May 28, 2009 12:04 PM ET | Delete
sources meaning Eklund? Yeah, I would love to have Rick Nash, but I doubt seriously that he would leave a team with so many young stars to come to Toronto unless some serious headway is made in the off season.
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