When Toronto Maple Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke signed on with Toronto in November 2008 he quickly promised that his intentions were to build a team that supplied a considerable amount of pugnacity, testosterone and truculence.
Burke followed those words up by bringing in tough guy Colten Orr and signing o the on-time feared Mike Komisarek. Orr has since been sent down to the AHL, while Komisarek has had little bite to his bark since joining the Blue and White.
Mike Brown (5’11”, 205 pounds) has done an admiral job keeping opposing players and enforcers honest and Jay Rosehill (6’3”, 215 pounds) made his presence known in a limited role with the big club, but neither player has enough skills to garner much more than ten minutes of playing time, which limits their effectiveness.
With the NHL changing from a league that endorsed pugilism to one that frowns on the tough guy antics, many enforcers have been forced to bring more to the table or have found themselves un...