The Hamilton Bulldogs have announced that they signed former Bulldog and Edmonton Oiler Zach Stortini to an AHL contract.
Stortini is well known in Edmonton for being a designated large movable object and punching bag (calling him an enforcer implies better pugilist skills than he has). One of that organizations many “coke machines,” i.e. big players without notable hockey skills at the NHL level. Stortini was a guy that could fight well against most players but couldn’t handle the heavy-weights. He played one game as a call up for Nashville last season but mainly played for their AHL affiliate. He’s 0.22 points per game over 218 games in the AHL with Hamilton, Springfield, Oklahoma and Milwaukee.
Stortini returns to the team where he won the 2006 Calder Cup with what was a joint affiliate of Montreal and Edmonton at the time. Stortini isn’t a terrible player at the AHL level and is probably going to be a decent bottom-six body for them this season.