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07-09-2008, 05:03 PM
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Josh Gratton Signed

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Awesome, one of my favorite enforcers. Reminds me a lot of Hordichuk, actually.

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why not just keep Hordichuk? What's Gratton's advantage?

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why not just keep Hordichuk? What's Gratton's advantage?
we got a draft pick for darcy and will likely be paying gratton the same or less salary than hordy. So, we basically got the same player plus an extra draft pick.

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why not just keep Hordichuk? What's Gratton's advantage?
Seems to me Hordichuk wanted out.

I do miss him, but Gratton put up a little bit better numbers than Hordy. Plus he's younger. But, not as good a fighter. For his sake I hope his defense is up to par

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why not just keep Hordichuk? What's Gratton's advantage?
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Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with free-agent forward Josh Gratton.
See bolded. Hordichuk signed a one-way, three year deal with Vancouver.

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Preds made it clear they wanted someone on a one year deal-- which makes me think Grant is the long-term plan. My sense was Hordy had worn thin on Trotz/Poile for reasons unknown.

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My sense was Hordy had worn thin on Trotz/Poile for reasons unknown.
Good point - he seemed to get less and less playing time as the past seasons progressed.

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we got a draft pick for darcy and will likely be paying gratton the same or less salary than hordy. So, we basically got the same player plus an extra draft pick.
I thought that the Preds have to give Carolina a pick since Hordy didn't sign with them.

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I thought that the Preds have to give Carolina a pick since Hordy didn't sign with them.
They get that back in the 09 draft now.

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Seems to me Hordichuk wanted out.

I do miss him, but Gratton put up a little bit better numbers than Hordy. Plus he's younger. But, not as good a fighter. For his sake I hope his defense is up to par
I don't think Hordi wanted out I heard that it was he wanted a multi-year deal which would've been a one-way deal. This signing makes sense now on why we traded Hordi with Gratton signing a two-way deal, meaning we can send him down without him having to clear waivers like Hordi would have. Still will miss Hordi though but this makes sense to the overall good of the team that we let him go and sign Gratton.

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Preds made it clear they wanted someone on a one year deal-- which makes me think Grant is the long-term plan. My sense was Hordy had worn thin on Trotz/Poile for reasons unknown.
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Good point - he seemed to get less and less playing time as the past seasons progressed.
Haha, give this a couple of days and it will be a fact.

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I don't think Hordi wanted out I heard that it was he wanted a multi-year deal which would've been a one-way deal. This signing makes sense now on why we traded Hordi with Gratton signing a two-way deal, meaning we can send him down without him having to clear waivers like Hordi would have. Still will miss Hordi though but this makes sense to the overall good of the team that we let him go and sign Gratton.
He was given a 2 year deal prior to the start of the 07/08 season and turned it down. He didn't entertain Poile's offer for 08/09. He wanted out.

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I thought that the Preds have to give Carolina a pick since Hordy didn't sign with them.
They get a 5th rounder in 2010, but we keep the '09 5th round pick they gave us.

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They get a 5th rounder in 2010, but we keep the '09 5th round pick they gave us.
That's what I meant, so neither team really got anything out of the deal.

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I dunno... considering that we got a 5th rounder in one of the deepest drafts in NHL history and looking at our finds later in the draft (Hornqvist, Erat, and Rinne in particular), I think we may have won this deal.

Back on topic, this is another good value signing by Poile for a guy that will probably see limited minutes anyway. He'll make a decent enforcer who likes the rough stuff and we could probably give him regular 4th line time if someone goes down.

Dumont-Arnott-Radulov
Horqnvist-Legwand-Erat
Fiddler-Bonk-Smithson/Ortmeyer rotation
Pihlstrom/Gratton rotation-Nichol-Tootoo

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I dunno... considering that we got a 5th rounder in one of the deepest drafts in NHL history and looking at our finds later in the draft (Hornqvist, Erat, and Rinne in particular), I think we may have won this deal.

Back on topic, this is another good value signing by Poile for a guy that will probably see limited minutes anyway. He'll make a decent enforcer who likes the rough stuff and we could probably give him regular 4th line time if someone goes down.

Dumont-Arnott-Radulov
Horqnvist-Legwand-Erat
Fiddler-Bonk-Smithson/Ortmeyer rotation
Pihlstrom/Gratton rotation-Nichol-Tootoo
That third line is beyond depressing.

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That third line is beyond depressing.
especially knowing that it will eventually end up being our 2nd line when injuries hit.

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As far as I can tell, Gratton's greatest and perhaps only talent is being able to stay on his feet while being punched in the head repeatedly. The guy is not a great fighter, but he is one of the toughest punching bags I've ever seen.

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As far as I can tell, Gratton's greatest and perhaps only talent is being able to stay on his feet while being punched in the head repeatedly. The guy is not a great fighter, but he is one of the toughest punching bags I've ever seen.
thats what Im worried about.

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thats what Im worried about.
What are you worried about...he's the one getting hit?

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That third line is beyond depressing.
Well, I only made it into our third line because:

1.) That's generally the line teams use as a shut-down unit, a role which that line is perfect for.
2.) The only player that could really rotate with Pihlstrom is Gratton and there's NO WAY I give Gratton third line minutes. So rather than jumbling up the lines completely depending on the situation, I just swapped what would normally be the 3rd and 4th lines.

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