In my opinion, if Orr isn't going to be used effectively he might as well be up in the press box.
Properly stated the myth is as follows: a player like Colton Orr cannot be a deterrent if he isn't given the opportunity to deter. In other words, an enforcer sitting on the bench does this team no good.
I'd have to agree with whoever questioned Renney's ability to use an enforcer properly. The minute Jagr is taken advantage of Orr should be dispatched to deal with the situation. That doesn't mean taking somebody elses head off, it means going after the guy that initiated the liberties with Jagr.
So, for example, Shane Morrisson the other night against Washington. The minute he connects with Jagr's chin on that blatant interference hit that sent Jagr flying, Renney needs to tap Orr and tell him to be ready. Then, the very next shift that Morrisson is out, Orr goes out as well. Renney doesn't need to send the entire 4th line out, just Orr. Then, you put the puck into Morrissons corner and run the ***** through the boards or force him to drop his mitts.
That's how it needs to play out and that's how the Rangers enforcers will get some respect around this league. Nobody ****s with AO because they know Brashear will be out looking for them on their next shift. Hit him clean, play him physical...fine, but don't cheapshot him.
I don't totally disagree with this..In theory this is EXACTLY what should happen and how Orr should be used...BUT...Orr is still an awful skater his improvment in his skating still hasn't reached NHL levels...If the Rangers DID throw the puck in Morrisons corner Morrison would be able to skate out of the way before Orr even got close to hitting him...Orr isn't a deterent...He never has been...That's why i called it a myth that Orr stops the other team from taking liberties with the Rangers star player..It's become even more apparent that the REAL enforcer the REAL deterent is Avery because Avery CAN hit the other player...CAN send a message....CAN borderline hit somebody or flat out hit somebody dirty.. (which is done in hockey and it's done too our players and opposing players)
Renney can't use Orr against the other teams top skill players because why give those guys a power play? Why give the other team a chance to score when you have a guy like Orr running around the ice not being able to hit or even cheapshot other players..the only time Orr EVER gets to other teams skill guys is in scrums after the whistle...can we say that about Avery? no..Can we say that about Hollweg? no...both those players can hit people in the flow of the game...
Orr is around to hit and get hit by the other teams guy that hits and gets hit...that's it..Renney CAN'T use his enforcer properly when his enforcer is out with a shoulder injury...