I’m not sure if there’s already a rumor surrounding this out there somewhere, but regardless, I think Derek Boogaard should be a Montreal Canadien next season.
The guy can barely skate, hasn’t scored in four years, but he is hands down the best fighter/scariest player in the entire NHL.
Montreal were burned by “tough guy” Georges Laraque this past season and had to send him home because he wasn’t doing his job; fighting.
Laraque is another force in the scrapping department, but doesn’t engage or doesn’t agree with it anymore, or something. That’s a shame, because he’s one of the very few that can handle Boogaard and take him out.
With Boogard I don’t think you’ll ever run in to that kind of problem.
If I were Gauthier, I’d sign Boogaard as soon as possible.
The Boston Bruins just re-signed Shawn Thornton, so they won’t pursue Boogie. Neither will the Leafs obviously, since they got their fighter last summer in Colton Orr.
If Boogaard comes in to the division, Orr, Thornton, Carkner, and other toughies will have to face him six times a year. I’m not sure about you, but I wouldn’t want to have to deal with that. Orr and company would have to take notice pretty quickly, as the biggest lunatic in the entire league would be on the schedule plenty of times.
Matt Carkner would have to take even more knockouts and I’m not sure if he wants that. Orr is one of the league's best, but even he has a tough time with Boogie. Thornton picks his spots, though his only spot next season would be face down on the ice if Boogaard entered the equation in the Northeast.
Either way, food for thought. As a Leafs fan, I obviously can’t stand the Habs, but from a hockey perspective that move makes total sense in my mind. The Canadiens could use the edge, not to mention the protection Boogaard would bring.
The rest would have to deal with the consequences, Leafs included.