Maple Leafs get tough with Orr

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed free-agent enforcer Colton Orr to a four-year, $4-million US contract on Wednesday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up some sandpaper on the first day of the NHL free-agency period, inking enforcer Colton Orr for four years and $4 million US.

Orr, 27, spent the past 3½ seasons throwing punches for the New York Rangers, piling up more than 100 penalty minutes in each of them.

Last season, the Winnipeg native scored once and set career highs in penalty minutes (193), games played (82), points (5) and assists(4).

"Growing up in Winnipeg, how can you not want to, one day, play for the Maple Leafs?" Orr told the Globe and Mail.

"It was a really nerve-wracking process. But I think their situation was the best opportunity for me."

Orr played the first 21 of his 245 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, who signed the hard-nosed winger as a free agent on Sept. 19, 2001.

He was claimed off waivers by the Rangers on Nov. 29, 2005. 

"One thing we wanted to do was get tougher," Maple Leafs assistant general manager Dave Nonis said.

Toronto is Orr's third Original Six team.

With files from The Canadian Press