Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/11/07 at 09:35 AM ET
from the Courier-Post,
With Scott Hartnell, Jason Smith, Derian Hatcher and Ben Eager, who led the NHL in penalty minutes last season with 233, the Flyers have players willing to fight. But they lack a true heavyweight who can take on Pittsburgh’s Georges Laraque, the Rangers’ Colton Orr and Buffalo’s Andrew Peters.
Riley Cote just might be that heavyweight.
Cote played most of last season with the Phantoms, where injuries limited him to one goal and 125 penalty minutes in just 37 games. He was scoreless and had 11 penalty minutes in eight games with the Flyers.
“I’m rooting for him,” Holmgren said. “The last three years all he’s done is try to get better. He’s hired his own skills coach, his own skating coach and now he’s taking karate lessons to work on his balance. He’s trying his (behind) off to be a better player. Can he do that role? Yeah, why not?”
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