Maple Leafs place Colton Orr on waivers

Has Colton Orr’s Maple Leaf career been KO’ed by the club?

That was the intriguing question making the rounds on Wednesday after it was learned that the Leafs had placed Orr, one of the toughest hombres in the National Hockey League, on waivers.

Orr has been used sparingly thus far this season, notching a goal and five penalty minutes in just five appearances in 2011-12. Fellow pugilist Jay Rosehill has only played 15 games as well, an indication that the coaching staff has been reluctant to dress the traditional “tough guys” this season.

In his 133 games with the Leafs over the past two-plus seasons, Orr has scored six goals, added two assists and compiled 372 penalty minutes.

About 50 weeks ago, Orr took a blow to the side of the face during a scrap with Anaheim Ducks’ heavyweight George Parros and cracked his head on the ice, suffering a concussion in the process that would end his 2010-11 season in a woozy haze.

After months of rehab from that Jan. 20, 2011, incident, Orr came to training camp in September seemingly healthy and ready to go.