Leafs place Colton Orr on waivers
MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
|Toronto Maple Leafs' Colton Orr fights Ottawa Senators' Chris Neil during the third period of NHL action at Scotiabank Place Saturday, Jan., 1, 2011. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)
TORONTO - Has Colton Orr’s Maple Leaf career been KO'ed by the club?
That was the intriguing question making the rounds on Wednesday after it was learned that the Leafs had placed Orr, one of the toughest hombres in the National Hockey League, on waivers.
Orr has been used sparingly thus far this season, notching a goal and five penalty minutes in just five appearances in 2011-12. Fellow pugilist Jay Rosehill has only played 15 games as well, an indication that the coaching staff has been reluctant to dress the traditional “tough guys” this season.
In his 133 games with the Leafs over the past two-plus seasons, Orr has scored six goals, added two assists and compiled 372 penalty minutes.
About 50 weeks ago, Orr took a blow to the side of the face during a scrap with Anaheim Ducks’ heavyweight George Parros and cracked his head on the ice, suffering a concussion in the process that would end his 2010-11 season in a woozy haze.
After months of rehab from that Jan. 20, 2011, incident, Orr came to training camp in September seemingly healthy and ready to go.
“Any time you have (a concussion) I think we’re always concerned,” Orr said at the time. “It’s been a tough job so there’s always concern.
“But it’s my job. It’s the choice I’ve made. I love being in the NHL and standing up for my teammates. I went through a lot of testing, I had the best doctors and great support from the team. I’m ready to play, ready to drop the gloves or whatever it takes to do my job.”
Question is: Where will he be doing his “job” from here on in?