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Maple Leafs re-sign tough guy Orr; two years, $1.85 million

Jun 13, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

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If you’re a Leafs fan and you were worried the team wouldn’t be able to throw punches again next season, your fears have been put to rest.

The team announced they’ve re-signed enforcer Colton Orr to a two-year extension. This deal comes on the heels of a previous four-year deal that was about to expire. TSN’s Bob McKenzie says the contract is worth $925,000 per year, $1.85 million total.

Orr, 31, had one goal and three assists to go along with his NHL-leading 155 penalty minutes in just 44 games. Those penalty numbers are amazing as he averaged just 6:23 of ice time per game. He’ll be either duking it out on the fourth line or studying from the press box the next two seasons.

With the host of talent the Leafs have in the AHL eager to get a shot, he’ll have competition once camp starts in September.

  1. drewsylvania - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    Glad they locked up their designated injury-causer.

  2. kingcobraman - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    should of made him part of the security team of ACC.

  3. 24/7 Hockey - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Orr is the kind of guy as to why people want fighting banned from the NHL. He can’t do anything besides fight. Is a disgrace to the NHL to have people that bring nothing to the team but their fists.

    • 19to77 - Jun 13, 2013 at 9:11 PM

      Please step off of the carpet. Your bleeding heart is leaving stains.

      The game’s always had fighting, and it’s always endured tedious whiners like you weeping about how “disgraceful” it supposedly is. For all that, the NHL is as popular as it’s ever been.

      • 24/7 Hockey - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:22 PM

        The NHL has always had fighters but they used to also be able to play the game with skill. Having players with no skill as roster filler is not what’s making the NHL popular. That would be skill players such as Crosby, ovechkin and Kane.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        Hockey’s popular because it’s a great game not because of fighting. If fighting were removed from hockey would last night’s game have been any less spectacular? There’s a huge difference between two useful players engaging in a fight in the middle of a game because of frustration and trying to will their team to win (think Lecavalier v Iginla in game 3 of the 04 finals) and a player like Colton Orr who’s sole job in the NHL is to fight and “set a tone” that’s exactly what the NHL needs to get out of the game.

        The truth is hockey exists at many levels without fighting, and the best hockey in the world (the Olympics and Stanley Cup Playoffs) feature little to no fighting. Hockey is an awesome game, people that watch it realize that and the rating for last night’s game would have been just as high if the NHL didn’t allow fighting.

      • 19to77 - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        You’re misunderstanding. I’m not saying it’s popular because of fighting, but that fighting has seemingly no impact on its popularity. That is, it’s continued to grow and become more well-regarded in the North American market entirely in spite of the supposed “disgrace” fighting entails.

        I don’t imagine it has much of a positive impact on the market either – but contrary to what bleeding-heart types have been saying for literally decades (weird coincidence – I found a Sports Illustrated with an article lambasting hockey fights dating to May 1986 today – it reads the same as anti-fighting arguments now), it doesn’t hamper the sport in the least.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:47 AM

        Solid point by 19to77, though. Many of my non-hockey fan friends only know that the sport is famous for allowing fighting and see it as a reason to go to a game, in hopes of seeing a fight. As well, the only player they know is Ovechkin, so clearly the most exciting things about the sport for casual viewers are goals and fights.

  4. Exiled1 - Jun 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    I think being able to score a goal in an NHL game requires a certain amount of skill. I think beating the crap out of some other teams douche-nugget takes a certain amount of skill too.

  5. banger60 - Jun 14, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Personally, I love fighting, nothing brings the crowd to its feet faster than a fight, I’ve seen it plenty of times.

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