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Colton Orr giving Leafs what they need, says Carlyle

Feb 18, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

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While many will argue the “protector” role is overrated and antiquated in today’s NHL, Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle is a big believer in players like Colton Orr.

Per the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle, it seems Carlyle has developed quite an affinity for Orr. The intimidating 30-year-old forward with 959 career PIM has appeared in all 15 Leafs games, and he played a season-high 12:51 Saturday against Ottawa while skating on a third line with skill players Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur.

“I thought he gave us what we needed,” Carlyle said when asked about Orr’s bump in ice time. “And it’s amazing how things quiet down when he’s out there.”

Of course, the argument against Orr’s deployment remains the same. As Mirtle notes, the Leafs have been “badly out shot” when Orr is on the ice.

Kadri doesn’t seem to mind though.

“Definitely [Orr’s] presence is felt out there,” he said. “Guys know when he’s on the ice. I don’t know if you want to go in the same corner with that guy.”

  1. elrock7 - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I will add to that by saying he should be parked in front of the net while the Leafs are on the power play. Hard to believe they havent given it a shot yet considering how bad it has been.

  2. letsgopens8771 - Feb 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Engelland vs. Orr

    ROUND 3

    Sunday March 9 @ Air Canada, Toronto.

    Be there. You don’t want to miss it. Round 1 went to Engelland and round 2 went to Orr, so now, we just have to have one more round to decide a winner.

  3. betrayedbylife - Feb 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    i have been fascinated by the tough guys since before i even actively watched hockey. guys like probert, domi, laraque, mcsorley, and grmson kept me glued to a game when i was still asking “what’s icing?” it’s fun when thornton, orr, or parros are on the ice. count me among the apparent “few” who will always love a guy who is willing to get into it with anyone who’s crossing some lines, even if he isn’t the top goal scorer.

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