Sugden Seeking Syracuse
Saturday June 20th 2009, 1:35 pm

Don’t expect tough guy Brandon Sugden back in Connecticut’s capital next season.  Hartford’s heavyweight spoke to Lindsay Kramer of the Syracuse Post-Standard earlier this week and made it clear that a return to his former team, the Syracuse Crunch, is a real possibility — provided his friend and fellow bruiser Jon Mirasty doesn’t re-up with the Western Conference club.  “I think everybody knows, if I’m going to play in the American Hockey League, my first choice would be Syracuse,” Sugden told Kramer. “If Jon doesn’t sign, would I come to Syracuse? Of course I would.”

According to the article, signing with his hometown Toronto Marlies is also a possibility for the soon-to-be 31-year old Sugden, who managed only one assist in 56 games last season to go along with his 136 penalty minutes.  One thing seems clear: a second season in the Atlantic Division is not in the cards for the gregarious goon.  “As tough guys go, they had me in Hartford and Westgarth in Manchester. No one had a heavyweight who wanted to fight me night in and night out,” explained Sugden. “After Christmas, I couldn’t buy a fight.”

Best of luck to “Sugar” wherever he ends up.  With the emergence of 21-year old Justin Soryal as a legitimate heavyweight candidate — who proved a more entertaining scrapper than his elder teammate and can actually play a regular shift — the Wolf Pack has little reason to be concerned about what appears to be Sugden’s impending departure.

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    no offense, but thank god if he doesn’t come back. i really wanted to see more of soryal this year and that brute was in the way! i thought it was strange soryal wasn’t on the clear day roster… even he was surprised! so hopefully he’ll make some heads roll this year!

    Comment by amos 06.20.09 @ 10:16 pm

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