Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Predators Claim Brian McGrattan on Waivers
In somewhat of a surprising move, the Nashville Predators claimed Brian McGrattan off waivers from the Anaheim Duck this morning.
It is a curious move since the Predators are at their maximum roster of 23 players with Mike Fisher and Francis Bouillon expected to return soon.
McGrattan has been a tough guy which has been the role of Zack Stortini so far in the season. It will be interesting to see what further moves are made.
Update: Multiple sources are reporting that Stortini was placed on waivers today.
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NASHVILLE PREDATORS CLAIM BRIAN MCGRATTAN ON WAIVERS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 11, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club claimed forward Brian McGrattan on waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. McGrattan is on a two-way contract worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.
McGrattan, 30 (9/2/81), has suited up for 182 NHL contests with Ottawa, Phoenix and Calgary since the 2005-06 campaign, posting 14 points (3g-11a) and 395 penalty minutes. The 6-4, 235-pound native of Hamilton, Ont., split the 2010-11 season between Providence and Syracuse of the American Hockey League, notching 15 points (10g-5a) and 153 penalty minutes in 59 games.
McGrattan was selected 104th overall (fourth round) by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
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