1) There's an arms race in the East with fighters
2) You need a fighter in the AHL.
1)So? Buck the trend. Fighters aren't going to jump your star players, the suspension + ensuing 7 minute powerplay are not worth it. Between Kunitz, TK, Cooke, Glass, Adams, Vitale, Bortuzzo and Engelland, we have more than enough grit.
2)So we'll sign one to an AHL contract. There's no need to give one an NHL contract.