Alright boys, the free agent season is finally panning out, and we have plenty of enforcers finding new homes. I'm gonna leave the links in this one to the Enforcers home pages at HockeyFights.com if you're curious about it. Of course last year we go to witness a nice surge in fights, and I'm not sure if we ever decided on who was the tougher conference, because there were big boys on each side of North America. But if we were to take a look at numbers; 732 fighting majors were handed out to Western Conference Teams, and 584 fighting majors were handed out to Eastern Conference Teams. (Stats courtesy of HF.com) Also when you looked at the leader board in terms of FMs by team, 8 of the top 10 teams in FMs were from the Western Conference with the Boston Bruins (52) and the Philadelphia Flyers (63) being the only teams to hold it down for the East. Win West. Well there is a look at quantity as far as FMs go, let's take a brief look at quality now. According to this site's top ten, the list is split with 5 WC and EC guys a piece, but to look at the top 5, the first 3 guys are EC guys in Georges Laraque, Donald Brashear and Colton Orr. Slight Edge East. But either way, overall, the West fought with more consistency than the East, and they also had some giants out there, but anyway, that is last season's news. There have been a couple of big bad enforcers changing jerseys this year, not only jerseys, but different sides of the continents. First we have the HW Champ Georges Laraque going to the Montreal Canadiens from the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he stays in the EC so nothing there. Then we have Eric Godard going to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the stacked Calgary Flames. Score one for the EC as they steal a top ten guy. In order to replace Godard in Calgary, Andre Roy came over from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Brian McGrattan was added to a very stacked squad in the Phoenix Coyotes to play the other side of the bash brothers with Todd Fedoruk, and let's not forget their little brother Daniel Carcillo. The enforcer spot with the New York Islanders is on the verge of being filled by either Mitch Fritz of Joel Rechlicz. David Koci was sent over to the Tampa Bay Lightning to play enforcer on what seems to be a strong tough veteran team as they have also added Gary Roberts and Ryan Malone. The Nashville Predators scooped up the crazy young brawler Josh Gratton who is sure to add some zest to the Preds lineup. Darcy Hordichuk was sent over to the Vancouver Canucks to finally provide the team with a legit HW. Either way, there have been many jersey changes amongst the league's fighters, so I will do my best to narrow it down to the top ten HWs in each conference to see what type of matchup we have going here: Eastern Conference Georges Laraque- Montreal Canadiens Donald Brashear- Washington Capitals Colton Orr- New York Rangers Eric Godard- Pittsburgh Penguins Wade Belak- Florida Panthers Riley Cote- Philadelphia Flyers Shawn Thornton- Boston Bruins Andrew Peters- Buffalo Sabres John Erskine- Washington Capitals Eric Boulton- Atlanta Thrashers Western Conference Derek Boogaard- Minnesota Wild D.J. King- St. Louis Blues Brian McGrattan- Phoenix Coyotes George Parros- Anaheim Ducks Raitis Ivanans- Los Angeles Kings Scott Parker- Colorado Avalanche Darcy Hordichuk- Vancouver Canucks Andre Roy- Calgary Flames Jody Shelley- San Jose Sharks Jared Boll- Columbus Blue Jackets *NOTE: While computing this list, The HF top ten list was used, including HMs, so yes that is why Jared Boll cracked the West's top ten, and that is why guys who performed primarily in the AHL such as David Koci and Josh Gratton are not included in the list. So there you basically have it for the HW division in each conference. Battle Royale going on, and each conference's top ten HWs need to lineup, who is taking the crown? Also let's not forget the MW division, there were also plenty of exchanges of MW fighterss around the league, and also plenty of hard-hitting players changing jerseys as well. But what this thread all comes down to, who will be the tougher conference in this upcoming season. I know it is early, so this is all speculation, but on paper, which is the tougher conference, and when games are being played on the national scale, which game will you tune into for rough hockey; the West or the East? Also, with the new schedules, we are due to see more inter-conference battles, so our theories in this thread can actually play out, so who will physically dominate these cross-continental battles? I want to thank BStreetBullies and a collective effort from Hockeyfights.com for the info here, he did a great job putting alot of it together and making life easier for me over here (gotta give credit where credit is due!) On a side note I wanted to make my 2000th post here worthwhile and definitely a good one here in the hockey section. I've been saving this info just for this post. Hope you guys enjoy!