Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 1/8/12
While the waiving of Colton Orr may not have signified the end of the pure fighter, it certainly signified the beginning of the end. If Orr can't stick in Toronto, where I wouldn't be shocked to learn that GM Brian Burke has a "truculence" stencil on the wall behind his desk, there aren't many places left for guys like him. But don't think Orr's dismissal marks the end of fighting or the end of toughness. Far from it -- it merely marks the shift. The pure fighter is the past. The fighter-scorer, however, is the future. He's also among the most coveted player types in hockey right now. Last year's Boston Bruins were the quintessential example of what can happen if the players providing your toughness are versatile. It wasn't just that Boston had guys that could drop the gloves -- it's that those guys were still plenty effective when they held onto their equipment. The Bruins had two players finish in double digits in fighting majors in 2010-11 -- Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell ...
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