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.
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