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07-05-2012, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by caley View Post
One interesting development, so far, in free agency is the adding of enforcers and grit in the East.

-Boston: already full of guys who can fight (Thornton, Campbell, McQuaid)
-Buffalo: added Steve Ott and John Scott to a team with Mike Weber and Cody McCormick
-Florida: added George Parros and J.F. Jacques
-Montreal: added Brandon Prust and Colby Armstrong, and returned Michael Blunden.
-New Jersey: added Krys Barch and retained Cam Janssen
-NY Islanders: added Matt Carkner and Eric Boulton
-NY Rangers: added Arron Asham and Michael Haley, retained Stu Bickel and still has Mike Rupp
-Ottawa: added Marc Methot and Hugh Jessiman
-Philadelphia: already has Jody Shelley, and Zac Rinaldo
-Pittsburgh: added Tanner Glass and retained Steve MacIntyre
-Toronto: already has Colton Orr in the AHL, along with Mike Komisarek and Mike Brown

Carolina,Tampa, Washington and Winnipeg are about the only teams to stay out of this muscling up.

If I'm one of Tom Kostopoulos, P.L. Leblond, Eric Godard, Matt Bradley, Zack Stortini, Andre Deveaux, Tim Conboy, Boris Valabik, Jim Vandermeer, Jay Rosehill or D.J. King, I'm calling one of those four teams and offering my services, might just end up with an NHL payday.

Anyone see a reason why the East is arming up like this? Is it because of the Rangers and Devils success with toughness?
That's not tougher. Half the guys you just named off can't even play the game. West have a lot of guys that can play the game / fight.

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