“One thing that happened for sure with the tough guys is their salaries have gone down because people don’t want to spend as much on them because they need the money for more talent. The next step is, do we really need it at all, or should we take a page from Detroit’s book and just throw as much talent at this other team as we can. If people want to screw around, then you beat them up on your power play if you have a good power play.”

George said that on June 27th. Then his farm team, the Hershey Bears signed Brandon Sugden six weeks later.

The 6-4, 230-pound Sugden was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs (fifth round, 111th overall in the 1996 NHL entry draft).

Sugden, 31, played 56 games last season for Hartford and amassed 136 penalty minutes. His American Hockey League career includes his most lengthy stay in Syracuse with the Crunch, where Sugden amassed 754 minutes of penalty time in just 164 games played.


From 2006-07 until 2008-09 Sugden was suspended from the ECHL and AHL

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Sugden is looking forward to fighting his former Crunch teammate Jon Mirasty. They fought twice in the Quebec League and are good friends.

“It’s going to be awesome, awesome, awesome,” Sugden said. “He’s going to want to fight me every game. That’s what buddies do.”

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