Orr Demotion Down to Ability, not Accountability

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was quick to lament the day he had to send Colton Orr down to the AHL. Claims of the game going to ‘the rats’ without a guy like Orr on hand to keep them honest. Talk of lack of accountability and guys unwilling to drop their gloves to answer the bell.

You know what Brian, I agree with you in part. There does need to be accountability. But on this occasion the bluster feels more like a smokescreen for the fact Orr simply cannot justify a spot on the Maple Leafs roster anymore (and has struggled to do so for some time) and the franchise will have shipped $4m his way by the time his contract expires next summer.

Toronto have played 40 games this season. Orr has featured in just 5 of those, averaging 4 minutes 28 seconds of ice time – in other words Orr has logged less total ice time through the first half of the season than team mates Dion Phaneuf or John Michael Liles log in a night!

That’s the crux of it for me – one dimensional players like Orr no longer have a place in the NHL.

This isn’t an anti fighting blog, far from it. This is however a hurrah from me at seeing the back of someone who brings little beyond his fists to the league.

Give me a Sheldon Souray, Jerome Iginla or even Cody McLeod any day. Guys who have the stones and ability to duke it out, but also the ability with the puck on their stick and the ability to contribute to their team in more ways than one.

For the remaining few ‘enforcers’ of the NHL hopefully the message will get through – ‘adapt or die’.

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About Rob

Software engineer by day, Elite League Media man by night, Rob also blogs about cricket for One Stump Short, hockey for In Goal Magazine and video games for Outpost Delta as well as hosting the One Stump Short Podcast.

Posted on January 6, 2012, in Hockey, NHL and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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