Rosehill was brought in to keep the peace and throw his body around. The 6'3", 215 lbs. winger is an enforcer and has been for much of his career. In 11 games with the Flyers last year, he scored once and that was his only point. In parts of four NHL season, Rosehill has only registered three goals and three assists for six points but has compiled 262 penalty minutes.
To say he knows about the "hockey code" when it comes to fighting would be an understatement. he has registered 22 NHL regular season fights and an incredible nine NHL preseason fights in his career (via Hockey Fights).
Rosehill weigh in on the Maple Leafs - Sabres melee on Sunday with CSN Philly. Rosehill defends Toronto's David Clarkson for leaving the bench and fighting Sabres enforcer John Scott, who took a run at Leafs' star Phil Kessel. Clarkson was suspended for the first 10 games of the season without pay for the incident.
Rosehill says that the "code" is changing and that teams must react accordingly. He said that John Scott broke the code and sometimes a player must do whatever he can to protect his teammate - in this case, leave the bench to confront the aggressor.
I think this hurts the Maple Leafs a little more than it would hurt the Flyers if, say, Rosehill were the one who got suspended. Clarkson is a former 30-goal scorer and recently signed a seven-year, $36.75 million deal with the Maple Leafs in July that carries a $5.25 million cap hit. Either way, Rosehill respects Clarkson's actions. I just hope he keeps his butt on the bench with the Flyers unless someone takes a run at Giroux - then all bets are off.
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