Colton Orr figured to be a long-shot to crack the Toronto Maple Leafs roster this season, but those odds just got even tougher. The rugged forward was struck in the hand by a puck at practice Tuesday and suffered a dislocated finger. Brian Burke has always been a supporter of Orr’s, but with the general manager no longer around, it’s hard to figure many in the organization pushing for him to be a part of the squad.
Players like Orr have seen their roles reduced in recent years as the game has become faster with more of an emphasis on skating. Not to mention that penalties are being called much more strictly than ever before. Someone with Orr’s skill-set just doesn’t seem to be as valuable in this era.
Orr only played in five games with the Maple Leafs last season and has just 11 goals in his eight year NHL career. However, he does have 921 career PIM and plenty of fighting majors to his credit. He also was among the league leaders in truculence over the past few seasons. If only that were an actual NHL stat…..