The Calgary Flames are making attempts to be significantly tougher. On Thursday, according to TSN, the Flames acquired enforcer Brian McGrattan from the Nashville Predators for defenceman Joe Piskula prior to their game this evening in Colorado.
McGrattan, who has played two games for the Predators this season, has played 214 career games with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators from 2001-2013. Offensively he has not put up the greatest numbers (three goals and 13 assists), but has made up for his low offensive numbers with his 456 career penalty minutes.
McGrattan, a veteran winger who can play either left or right wing, is actually making his return to Calgary. He signed as a free agent with the Flames for the 2009-10 season, and recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick against the Vancouver Canucks on October 16, 2009. That season he had one goal, three assists, and 86 penalty minutes in 34 games.
Piskula meanwhile has played in ten career games. He has played five games each with the Flames and Kings in his career, and has failed to register a point.