During a week in which the Montreal Canadiens reacquired Michael Ryder and the Philadelphia Flyers reacquired Simon Gagne, the Calgary Flames decided to get in on the fun.
Thursday morning, the Flames shipped minor-league defenceman Joe Piskula to the Nashville Predators for . . . wait for it . . . Brian McGrattan.
The Flames have long moaned about a lack of grit.
McGrattan, from the fourth line, can provide that. Right now, however, the rugged right-winger is on his way to AHL Abbotsford. (He cleared waivers earlier in the week.)
During the 2009-10 season, McGrattan, six foot four and 235 pounds, got into 34 games for the Flames, picking up four points and 86 penalty minutes.
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In this file photo, former Calgary Flames player Brian McGratton #10 takes a big punch off the nose from Colton Orr #28 of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flames announced that they have reaquired McGratton from Nashville Wednesday.
Photograph by: Claus Andersen, Getty Images