Florida Panthers Gettin' Tough

Colorado Avalanche David Koci (L) and New Jersey Devils Andrew Peters engage in an early fight drawing five-minute fighting penalties during the first period at the Pepsi Center in Denver on January 16, 2010. UPI/Gary C. Caskey..

The Florida Panthers announced today the signing of tough guy Andrew Peters to a one year-two way contract.  The 30 year old forward was orignally a second round draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres in 1998.

Peters has appeared in 229 games in the NHL for Buffalo as well as the New Jersey Devils registering seven points on four goals and three assists.  But you know and I know the stat that intrigues us is the 650 penalty minutes.  Peters is listed as 6′-4″ and 247 lbs.  While he has yet to play a full season in the NHL, he’s the bruiser that the Panthers feel that they need to add to the lineup.

Questions?

1) How much will he play?  We all know that head coach Peter DeBoer doesn’t have a soft spot for guys like this, and it hasn’t worked with Wade Belak and Steve MacIntyre before him.  Will this be any different?

2) While I agree and know that the Panthers need toughness, can this guy actually be on this roster?

3) Or should I say, 2A) The talent pool is pretty thin.  I’m not sure that he’ll be here too long and could be building up some frequent flyer miles between Rochester and South Florida.  As I say that, would it be better to try and find a tough guy that actually has some talent other than smashing faces and taking bad penalties for less than five minutes a night?

We’ll see how this unfolds, but at least we’re trying.

Here’s the official announcement from the team’s website.

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