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.

13 Responses to Maple Leafs place Colton Orr on waivers

  1. blaze says:

    I just hope they keep Rosehill around. It's too bad he doesn't fit on the team anymore, there really isn't much pugilistic skill on it without him. Lucic was always better behaved when Orr was dressed.

  2. dumbassdoorman says:

    That's because Looch, just doesn't like to fight guys as tuff as he thinks he is….lol. But while Rosehill isn't the fighter Orr is, most aren't lol. At least rosehill is more then willing and can play. Class move giving Orr a chance to play elsewhere.

  3. senators_choke says:

    The end of an era.

  4. blaze says:

    How many years does fighting have left?

  5. reinjosh says:

    Staged fighting I don't think will last past the CBA (and I sort of think the CBA will get pushed a year, by the extension clause they have). It's just pointless and the whole idea of it is moronic. 

    But fighting itself will stay I think. Maybe a more severe penalty will be handed out. Say a 10 minute fighting major? That should restrict it but still when emotions come out it will happen. 
  6. palindrom says:

    I never got the Colton Orr signature in the first place.

    Toronto had one of the worst PK in the league so the solution is: Lets sign one of the most penality taker in the league?

    Success garantee!

  7. blaze says:

    Or Toronto had the biggest bunch of b*tches and were not only losing but getting hammered and injured every game. Colton Orr didn't end the losing but he sure made other teams think twice after KOing the top tough guys in the league.

  8. blaze says:

    How exactly do you outlaw staged fighting I'm sure there would be a blurry line their somewheres. A fight off a face-off doesn't mean it was staged it was likely brewing all game with but no good opportunity to go until the a face-off.

    The recent fights all Leafs fans loved where Orr vs Carkner. Those were all staged fights they knew long before the game they where going to fight each other. It seems to me with an old school GM like Burke placing his own traditional enforcer on waivers that there is no need to legislate it out. It's dying on it's own.

    As for a 10 minute penalty I think that's counter productive. The only players left to fight will be the 4th liners. If a star player or even productive player fough that's 10 minutes off the ice. No player of consequence will fight anymore and it will be reduced to a 4th line role again.

  9. lafleur10 says:

    come gauthier you moron! here's a guy we could've used ……… 1 of the toughest guys in the league,he's the 1 guy that other than laraque could make the bruins and lucic play clean and honest against us you should've claimed him gauthier you clown!

  10. thisgamewelose says:

    I'd be happy to take ORR back on the Rangers if he's healthy. I loved him here.

  11. mojo19 says:

    There was a time Lafleur, when Orr would actually make a big impact on the odd game with his physical presence, his dominant fighting, and intimidation, but since that concussion he's pretty much done I think. Too bad, because he was one of the best in the league at what he did.

  12. palindrom says:

    Dude, the guy cleared the waiver.

  13. blaze says:

    what the relevancy of this??

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