Thursday, July 19, 2007

Boogaard re-signs with Minny

Amidst controversy regarding his summer camp that specializes in teaching kids to beat the crap out of each other on ice, popular enforcer and restricted free agent Derek Boogaard has re-signed with the Minnesota Wild, according to ESPN.

There was speculation that the Philadelphia Flyers, in their quest for a goon following Todd Fedoruk's departure, would sign the RFA to an offer sheet, but the Broad Street Bullies will now have to look elsewhere as the 6-foot-7, 270-pound thug of two career goals and 278 career penalty minutes is now locked up to a multiyear contract.

In a sense, this signing could be considered another sign that the NHL goon really isn't dead. In fact, according to my unscientific survey, of the 30 NHL teams, only the Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings do not currently employ an enforcer. As Boogaard himself said, "[Fighting] is coming back. I'm excited for the season."

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