Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs picked up Colton Orr.
It's a sad day on Broadway. New York loves their tough guys and we appear to be headed into an era without one on the roster. Colton Orr gave us three and a half seasons of good service and I sincerely wish him the best of luck. I dogged him almost as much as I did Poti and company because when he got here he was slow and he took bad penalties at bad times. Orr now leaves us a much more complete player, thanks to the motivation of Tom Renney and the tough guy's own hard work and dedication.
Last season Orr was called upon to be a valuable member of the roster and he was - until Tortorella came here. Early last season, Orr was a big part of a checking line that shut down the opposition quite soundly - taking on Crosby and company on several occasions and doing great work of it. When Renney came under fire because the stars weren't scoring, he cut the unit's ice time and Orr went back to his enforcer position. As is well documented here and everywhere else, when Torts finally got his way and pulled the puncher from the lineup, Blair Betts got his head knocked off the next game.
Orr played 236 games in a Blueshirt and racked up 552 PIM while protecting his teammates. Here is his complete fight card and it features many fantastic bouts but I will leave with three of my favourite tussles. Thank you for your service Colt, we will miss you here in New York.