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The Campaign to Fire Dave Nonis: Colton Orr

Maple Leafs Extend Colton Orr, 31, RW for 2 years, $1.85 million

The reason for this post is because

  • the Leafs re-signed Colton Orr and
  • all the Leafs fans on Facebook seem to be happy about it.

The contract extension is a little less offensive than the initial contract, as he actually took a (slight) pay cut. But let’s look at the 31-year-old’s career:

  • An 82 game average of 2G, 2A for 5P, -6; 6:09 ATOI.

So ORR contributes about 0 offensively – 5 points per season is basically nothing for a team that totals 500 individual points or so in a season – and less defensively: he’s got a terrible CORSI, for example, and some other really poor advanced metrics.

But he’s got those PIM right?! Why people value this I will never know. Orr takes nearly 3 penalties for every 60 minutes he’s on the ice while drawing .2 PIM!

The argument is that he’s valuable because he intimidates other teams. Maybe so, maybe not. I don’t really know how to quantify that. But I do know that not all his penalties are fighting majors and I also know that successful pests in the playoffs are guys like Marchand who get the other team to take the penalty. I can really see no value in Orr; never have never will. (Unless he drastically changes as a player, of course.)

By the way, the Leafs re-signed Drew MacIntyre, a guy I used to watch in the QMJHL at the beginning of this century. At the time I thought he was god – those games would always end 6-5 but it felt like he would stop 30-40 shots a game despite that score – but he is a career minor leaguer. Still, it’s kind of crazy to see a guy I used to watch back in Sherbrooke play in Toronto, even if it is on the Marlies. (In the one Marlies game I saw last year, he did not dress.)

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