The Nashville Predators have had a very active Sunday. They shutout the St. Louis Blues 4-0. They then made a trade which sent Pontus Åberg to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Mark Letestu before shipped him to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Now the Predators have made a trade with AHL implications as they have acquired forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (February 25, 2018) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Sunday that the club has acquired forward Brandon Bollig and goaltender Troy Grosenick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Bollig, 31 (1/31/87), has 10 points (8g-2a) in 45 games with the American Hockey League’s San Jose Barracuda this season. A 2013 Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, Bollig has suited up for 241 NHL games, tallying 10 goals, 13 assists and 392 penalty minutes from 2011-16. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound winger also has 251 AHL games to his credit, scoring 32 goals and adding 24 assists.
Grosenick, 28 (8/27/89), is 6-9-4 with a 2.98 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 20 games with the Barracuda in 2017-18. In the midst of his fifth professional season, the Brookfield, Wis., native has an 85-56-16 record in 168 AHL appearances to go along with a 2.59 goals-against average and 13 shutouts. Grosenick has played in two NHL games with the San Jose Sharks – stopping 55 of 58 shots faced – and pitched a shutout in his League debut on Nov. 16, 2014 at Carolina.
Both Bollig and Grosenick have been playing for the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL this season. This move directly feeds back into the Milwaukee Admirals who have been struggling for much of the last three months of the season and are currently sixth in the Central Division standings.
The 31-year old Bollig has 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists) in 45 games for the Barracuda this season. He was the team’s alternate captain and packs quite a punch for experience. He has 241 games of NHL experience and was a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks. He has also logged 251 games in the AHL in his career.
For Grosenick this will be a rather feel good story as he joined the Admirals as a native of Brookfield, Wisconsin and played for Wisconsin AAA (MJA) growing up. Wisconsin AAA are now more commonly known as the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals. The 28-year old signed a two-year contract extension ahead of this season so he could be the Admirals go-to goaltender leading into the 2018-19 season. Grosenick won last season’s Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s Best Goaltender.
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