The Nashville Predators have claimed veteran tough guy Brian McGrattan from the Anaheim Ducks.
Starting in 2005-06, McGrattan has played in 182 games with Ottawa, Phoenix and Calgary, racking up 395 penalty minutes along with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists). Last season McGrattan split time between Providence and Syracuse of the American Hockey League, notching 15 points and 153 minutes in penalties in 59 games. The 30-year-old forward did make the Ducks opening night lineup this season, but had yet to play in a regular season game.
To clear space for McGrattan, the Predators placed Zack Stortini on waivers. If Stortini clears, he will likely be assigned to Milwaukee, returning to the team he played 37 games for during the 05-06 season. Stortini saw one game of NHL action this year for Nashville, racking up 7 PIMs.
However, with Stortini’s favorable contract, there will likely be interest from another NHL team looking to add a little bit of toughness.