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Predators claim Brian McGrattan from ANA, Waive Stortini
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10-12-2011, 10:32 AM
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funny you mention taking a number, as that has been a commen lament among preds fans is Trotz has talked in the past about "taking numbers" but in fact we almost never do.
also, the SHT line was effective because it was composed of guys who, though not a big threat to score, could nonetheless take 10-12 shifts a night without costing us dearly.
as was mentioned elsewhere, McG wont be put out on the ice against another teams top lines, so its not like he can get "eye for an eye" retribution..
To me, the only effective "enforcer" is one who can play a regular shift every night and contribute something more than his fists to the team.
There are precious few of those types around
So much truth in this! Last year in Atlanta, we had two of those in Chris Thorburn and Eric Boulton. that's honestly why I fee agitator types like Tootoo are more effective.
Looking at mcGratton's career stat, there was one in particular that jumped out at me. In 2004-2005 in Binghamton, he had 551 penalty minutes. he played 71 games, so that's a possible 4260 minutes in a season. That's 13% of his season spent in the box. granted, that's old AHL numbers, but I found it amusing.
I do think he's an upgrade over Stortini though
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