If the plan is to let him Hordichuk run around and do his thing it's a good signing. He can be effective when he's allowed to make opposing players uncomfortable because they don't know what he's going to do. With a softer than average team it'll help to have a guy that makes players think twice about running our guys because they're worried Hordichuk might do something to their skilled guys. If Krueger gives him the chance to do that he'll be more consistently effective than this past year.
He will be fine, and we needed the physicallity. Guy is a hitting machine if you compare the ice time to hits. 67 hits in 43 games, with only around 4 min per night.
I always thought that it would be great to add a tough B6 guy like Martin to address the physicallity issue. Matt Martin lead the league in hits last year. If hordichuk played 12 min a night like Martin did (ouch), hitting at the same rate, he would have been #1 in the league in hits (approx 400).
Its just a basic comparison, but that kind of makes me think that Matt Martin is alot less impressive than he seems. 4th liner with 3rd liner ice time?
I hate to break it to you guys, but Hordichuk was used the same as he was in FLO and in VAN. Not sure what you expect out of tough guys, but they aren't out there 10 minutes a night.
4:21/game. Because he can't play a regular shift. The guy is a total non-factor. Not a very good fighter either. Are people looking forward to seeing him get ragdolled by the legit toughs like Matt Kassian several times again this year? If he's so good in the dressing room, sign him to the training staff.
Stauffer's interview with Hordi today is must listen radio. He implies (without trying to criticize Renney too much) about how he's looking forward to "doing the job that he loves" now that Krueger is coach. Other highlights:
-- He's still planning on settling the score against Dorsett
-- mentioned how the one game he missed (his wife was having a baby) against Calgary was the one Sarich went after Hall. Hordi's got payback in mind!
-- Bob mentioned Glencross trying to start a fight with Nuge. Hordi didn't know that, now he wants Glencross too! He said, "If you let him do that once, he'll think he can get away with all the time. My kid is the same way. Now I have to treat Glencross like a 3 year old!"
Jason Gregor @JasonGregor
"I thought it was clear when we were a 29th place team, and guys, Jared Boll, were taking runs at guys," Hordichuk if he had shackles on.
It seems like our theory with Renney is probably true.
I just listened to Hordy on Gregor.
Confirmed and undeniable.
Of interesting note was Hordy on Eager, saying he got frustrated (Eager) when he played well but wasn't acknowledged (more bad paraphrasing by me ). Hordy figures Eager ended up just not wanting to do his job for the coach at some point.
This could be a VERY interesting, and hopefully bloody and bone breaking year!