With the lockout not ending any time soon, seeing as how both sides couldn't agree to what fast food joint to grab breakfast at let alone agree on the terms of the new CBA, more NHL players are signing with European and minor-league North American teams. Blues enforcer Ryan Reaves has decided to join his former teammate B.J. Crombeen in Orlando.
Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL sign #stlblues enforcer Ryan Reeves. It will be interesting to see who drops the gloves with him #couldbebad— Andy Zilch (@Andy_Zilch) December 7, 2012
One would hope an ECHL guy'd know better than to pull that, but you never can tell. There's always going to be one player somewhere who feels the need to try to prove his worth to his team by getting pounded into the ice.
The Solar Bears are 9-10-2 and are in last place in their division. I'm not going to think for a second that Reaves can help turn that around, but his addition'll make going to games a little more entertaining for middle-Florida hockey fans. They're also the Minnesota Wild and Houston Aeros' ECHL affiliate, which absolutely blows my mind, considering how colorful their jerseys are.