As we first reported nearly two weeks ago, Mitch Love (pictured as No. 6 left), who led the AHL in fighting majors last year (34), has agreed to terms with the Peoria Rivermen. This story by the Journal-Star's Dave Eminian (speaking of which, we need to add his blog "Cleve's World" to our list.
(And Eminian really did his research here ... "Love’s 34 fights were the most by any player in any professional hockey league in 2008-09 (not counting a semi-pro men’s league in Quebec), including North America, Russia and other European leagues.")
No matter who the Aeros sign (or if Kassian decides to fight more this year) to take on the official role of enforcer, there is only one thing he will be able to do to be more entertaining than Love was when he was at his best ... And that is score a couple of goals on a night where he dusts off some other AHL scum in front of a rockin' crowd at Toyota Center.
Love, while not quite as dominating as the infamous Derek Boogaard was in bomber gear, certainly held more than his own and he and his lovely girlfriend will be missed in Houston.
I cannot wait to get the AHL schedule. Who do you think the crowd will cheer for when he drops the gloves in Houston this season?