Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/06/12 at 02:58 PM ET
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Only someone of Brian Burke’s ilk would see the possible extinction of one-dimensional enforcers like Colton Orr from the NHL as “a dangerous time in our game,” and one that, “makes me sick to my stomach.”
What should have Burke’s stomach churning even more is that he so badly misread where the game was going that by the end of next season he will have paid $4 million to a player who has been, for all intents and purposes, utterly useless as an NHL player. In his 133-game career with the Maple Leafs, Orr has averaged just 6.1 minutes per game in ice time. This season he played just five games and a total of 22 minutes and 24 seconds, roughly what teammates Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson play in one game.
But instead of acknowledging his mistake, Burke instead unleashed his venom on the direction of the game and the insidious “rats” he claims are ruining the sport. If only players such as Orr, who cleared waivers and will likely never play in the NHL again, were permitted to plod around the ice, all would be well in the world.
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