The Pacific Division continued to get tougher on Friday in the wake of Milan Lucic’s arrival in Los Angeles.
The Anaheim Ducks signed Brian McGrattan while the Arizona Coyotes added tough guy John Scott on a one-year deal.
Scott spent the 2014-15 season with the San Jose Sharks scoring career-high three goals and four points to go along with 87 penalty minutes in 38 games. The 32-year-old has a history with Coyotes’ assistant GM Darcy Regier as the two were together in Buffalo.
According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, Scott’s deal is a one-way contract worth $575,000.
Arizona also signed Steve Downie to a one-year deal on July 1.
The Canucks added Brandon Prust in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens.
“L.A. got tougher in bringing in Lucic. Other teams got tougher,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said on Thursday when discussing the Prust acquisition. “I don’t want our younger players getting picked on this year. I want them to go out, be able to play and feel comfortable.
“With (Derek) Dorsett and Prust in the lineup, they’re going to create a safe working environment for our young players.”
Dorsett (17) and Prust (16) were second and third in fighting majors last season, according to Hockeyfights.com. Colorado’s Cody McLeod led the league with 19.
Downie was 14th in fighting majors last season with eight.
The Anaheim Ducks added some toughness to their lineup on Friday.
The club has signed unrestricted free agent forward Brian McGrattan to a one-year deal.
McGrattan briefly spent time in the Anaheim organization during the 2010-11 season, when he was traded to the Ducks from the Boston Bruins. He appeared in 20 games with the Syracuse Crunch – Anaheim’s AHL affiliate at the time.
The 33-year-old has appeared in 317 career NHL games with the Ottawa Senators, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators scoring 10 goals and 27 points to go along with 609 penalty minutes.
McGrattan appeared in eight games with the Calgary Flames during the 2014-15 season, registering four penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating. He also played in 16 AHL games with the Adirondack Flames collecting six points and 25 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was originally a fourth-round selection (104th overall) by the L.A. Kings at the 1999 NHL Draft.
After being healthy scratched in 14 straight games Calgary Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan was placed on waivers Friday. He cleared on Saturday and was assigned to the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Flames.
The 33-year-old has four penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating in eight games this season. He has not played since Dec. 6.
McGrattan spoke to the Calgary Sun’s Eric Francis following his demotion Saturday.
“I’ve been through a lot harder things in my life. Being scratched or sent down is kind of peanuts,” he said. “Quitting isn’t in my vocab”
McGrattan is just the latest enforcer to be waived and assigned to the AHL. Earlier this month, the Vancouver Canucks waived Tom Sestito. In October Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren were waived and assigned to the AHL by the Maple Leafs.
McGrattan isn’t sure the move is a smart one.
“They might be playing with fire taking big guys out – you never know the way the game is going to go,” he said. “Might see more dirty hits”
McGrattan last played in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals, the minor league affiliate of the Nashville Predators, in 2012-13.
In 317 career NHL games McGrattan has 10 goals and 27 points to go along with 609 penalty minutes.
Calgary Flames tough guy Brian McGrattan cleared waivers on Saturday.
The 33-year-old has been a healthy scratch in 34 games this season including the past 14 straight. McGrattan last played on Dec. 6 and has dressed in just eight games this season for the Flames.
Calgary placed him on waivers on Friday.
The forward has four penalty minutes and a minus-2 rating while averaging less than seven minutes a night in ice time this season.
It’s a significant drop off from last season where McGrattan dressed in 76 games recording eight points, a minus-4 rating and 100 penalty minutes.
Update: McGrattan has been assigned to the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.
McGrattan last played in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals during the 2012-13 season.
The Calgary Flames placed Brian McGrattan on waivers Friday.
McGrattan, 33, is regarded as one of the NHL’s toughest and most feared fighters — but this season, he’s been unable to display his handiwork; McGrattan has only made eight appearances for the Flames and has failed to register a single fighting major.
McGrattan scrapped 20 times over the last three seasons combined, per HockeyFights.
A veteran of over 300 NHL contests, McGrattan enjoyed a career year in Calgary last year under new head coach Bob Hartley, scoring four goals and eight points in 76 games while teaming with Kevin Westgarth to form one of the league’s most fearsome pugilistic duos.
The two starred in the now-infamous line brawl against Vancouver from last January:
This year, though, Calgary overhauled its toughness by letting Westgarth walk, then bringing in Deryk Engelland and Brandon Bollig.