Why on earth is Gratton here?
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12-20-2005, 04:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
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Would you like to bring up Ruzicka instead?
Face it, if you're on the fourth line you're not counted on for goals. Bringing Rosie up and expecting him to score would be a mistake. Let's bring up someone who always has hustle and mixes it up reguarly....... like Gratton. If he fights it's a bonus but atleast you get someone who has the ability to play a regular shift in the NHL without getting knocked around.
But let's not get all excited and say we have a replacement for Brash because we don't. Gratton is a part-time middle weight at best in the NHL and would have been eaten alive in a fight between Boogaard or Goddard. He came in and showed a willingness to take a punch for a teammate and that's always good to see. Maybe in three or for years he might make a home on the fourth line but I wouldn't count on it.
nor would I. 142 penalty minutes in 20+ games might cut it in the AHL but won't in this NHL.
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