Fallout of the Buffalo Sabres-Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday Night Brawl

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Enforcer Shopping Spree?

Following the brawl, the Edmonton Oilers took a close look at their roster and realized they didn’t like what they saw.  The result?  They went out and

Nov. 19, 2011: Sunrise, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Steve MacIntyre (33) warms up before a game against he Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

signed Steve MacIntyre off of waivers.

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish was pretty up-front about his new acquisition:

“It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone that we’ve picked up some size and toughness. There was a need.  Watching the Buffalo-Leafs game last night and after what happened to us with Vancouver (the Oilers needed a deterrent) . . . We’ve talked about it pretty extensively in the past three or four months. We know the player, we know what he’s capable of and we think there was a need here and that’s why we picked him up.”” Courtesy of Oilers.nhl.com

We know the player, we know what he’s capable of.  Yep, that and the fact that the Oilers plan on giving MacIntyre about 6-7 minutes of ice time a game, should tell you all you need to know.

In the light of events such as this, when a star player is confronted by a hulking behemoth such as John Scott, teams tend to take a good, hard look at their roster and decide whether they are prepared to protect their stars should such extra-curricular activity go down.  It’s a knee jerk reaction, to be sure – but when the unspoken code of “don’t touch our star” gets broken, teams sometimes panic in an effort to make sure that their most valuable assets are safe.  It will be interesting to see if other teams follow the Oilers’ move and add a tough guy or two to their rosters.

I love a good conversation, so share your thoughts with me concerning the aftermath of Sunday’s brawl!


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