Jody Shelley Could Lose His Job as Philadelphia Flyers Enforcer to Tom Sestito

September 23rd, 2011 by Jason Sapunka Leave a reply »
The Broad Street Bullies were being pushed around.

According to, in the 2009-2010 NHL season, the Philadelphia Flyers totaled 77 fighting majors, just one short of the NHL lead.

With Dan Carcillo, Arron Asham and Ian Laperriere, the Flyers were a tough team.

Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs did not care.

On January 6, 2010 Orr went after captain Mike Richards. In the same game, he embarrassed Carcillo. Later in the season on March 7, Orr ran over goalie Michael Leighton.

Finally, on April 6 Asham attempted to stand up to Orr. He didn't do so well.

It was clear that the NHL's toughest team needed a heavyweight enforcer. So, during that offseason Jody Shelley was signed to a three-year, $3.3 million contract.

Shelley had proven his worth over several years of fighting in the NHL. Just months earlier, he knocked out Orr. Shelley was clearly capable of doing the job that Carcillo and Asham couldn't.

During his first season with the Flyers, Shelley did little to impress with his gloves off.

Deryk Engelland of the Pittsburgh Penguins bloodied him. Matt Kassian of the M ...

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