NHL Free Agent News: Brad Marchand and the 11 Grittiest Players Still Available

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NHL Free Agent News: Brad Marchand and the 11 Grittiest Players Still Available
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The regular definition of "gritty" would be something like, "showing resolution and fortitude."

This definition might as well be the definition of a hockey player in general.

Luckily, for those confused, USA Today asked NHL players and others associated with hockey how they would define a gritty player. 

Responses included: "[Someone who] never stops battling; puts himself in harm's way even when he’s in pain; wins puck battles; does whatever it takes to win; has high intensity; is tough, either physically or mentally."

Obviously, there are varying definitions of grittiness, but the one thing that can be agreed upon is that teams need gritty players to be successful.

With that in mind, for the teams still looking for grittiness, here are the top 11 gritty players still on the market.

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