Caribous Sign Richard Paul

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Updated: November 20, 2009

Some things never surprise people but this is one of the biggest surprises.  No one would ever have thought that the Clarenville Caribous would have signed former Corner Brook Royal, Richard Paul.

With all the bad blood that existed between the Caribous and the Royals after several bench clearing brawls, it was evident that the number one player admid all the controversy was RIchard Paul.  In fact, he served a six-game suspension for his antics during the playoffs in 2007-2008 playoffs when Paul just lost all his senses and challenged the entire Caribous team to a fight.

Yet, the Clarenville Caribous needed some toughness and after the Corner Brook Royals and Richard Paul parted ways, it was rumoured that the tough guy was shopping himself around to other teams.  The Corner Brook Royals didn’t want him back, the Deer Lake Red Wings have tough guys Darren Langdon and Guy Langdon, the Cataracts have Manson but the Bous were a tad bit short in the toughness section.  Along comes Richard Paul and voila – he’s now wearing a Clarenville Caribous Jersey.

What will this add to the team?

One can only imagine some of the conversations that have taken place in the dressing room and behind closed doors in this organization.  The Clarenville Caribous are in Newfoundland Hockey Talk’s opinion a desparate team looking to protect some of their key players.  However, adding a dynamic like Richard Paul may only upset the team more.

The key to this whole move is Randy Pearcey.  Can he control Paul?  He definitely has to lay down the law to this player and keep him under control otherwise the Caribous are in trouble.

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