Even after the recent mid-July arms race that saw most of the NHL's premier heavyweight fighters scooped up off the free agent market, teams who are lacking in grit still have options as July nears its end.
With heavyweights such as Steve MacIntyre, Eric Godard, Eric Boulton and Cam Janssen finding new homes, teams would be wise to fight fire with fire, and we'll look at the 12 best tough guys on the market**, with predictions* to where they'll land.
*Predictions are based on current organizational toughness, and occasionally other factors, such as player hometown, coaches, teammates, past history with said team and roster openings at the AHL level.
These are strictly speculations, and should not be taken as rumor or fact.
**Only players with at least one career NHL game, who were signed to an NHL contract last season (regardless of if they saw any NHL ice in 2010-11) were considered for this list.
Other notable fighters with NHL experience who were on minor league or European contracts last season include Jesse Boulerice, Kip Brennan and Wade Brookbank.