Flames Re-sign McGrattan

Kent Wilson
July 04 2013 05:36PM

 

\

For two years apparently. Because GRITCHART.

 

39d8109299a9795cb3b41a4e9b49d501
Former Nations Overlord. Current FN contributor and curmudgeon For questions, complaints, criticisms, etc contact Kent @ kent.wilson@gmail. Follow him on Twitter here.
Avatar
#1 Veggie Dog
July 04 2013, 05:39PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

sigh

Avatar
#3 schevvy
July 04 2013, 05:39PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Anyone know the money? Not that it matters, because it's a terrible contract anyway, but still. This is awful

Avatar
#4 Colin.S
July 04 2013, 05:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

I ****ING LOVE THAT PICTURE!!!!

But on a serious note, this contract is about the dumbest thing in the world. Not the fact that they re-upped nothing but a face puncher(the fact that he included that he's gonna be a face puncher in his tweet actually made me laugh), but the fact we gave him TWO YEARS!!!!

What other team was seriously looking into acquiring him that we need to give him two years, you could have given him a 1 year two way contract and he'd damn well better be grateful.

Avatar
#5 Baalzamon
July 04 2013, 05:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Yeah. GRITCHART and all that.

Really though, if Hartley thinks the team needs a facepuncher (for some inexplicable reason), might as well be McGrattan, who's already known and liked (I guess) in Calgary. The devil you know, and all that.

Avatar
#6 mattyc
July 04 2013, 05:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

sigh

Avatar
#7 schevvy
July 04 2013, 05:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

And Kent knows the money. Nice. Can't wait for the Begin signing

Avatar
#8 MrMackey
July 04 2013, 05:40PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

wow.

Avatar
#9 schevvy
July 04 2013, 05:41PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Actually come to think of it, why couldn't they just re-sign Begin instead? At least Begin can play

Avatar
#10 Colin.S
July 04 2013, 05:41PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props
Kent Wilson wrote:

For $750k per season.

NOT EVEN LEAGUE MINIMUM!!?!?!?!?!

Is there some sort of requirement in Calgary to have a minimum amount of salary sitting in the press box or something????

Well, who are we gonna draft 1st overall next year?

Avatar
#11 FireOnIce
July 04 2013, 05:43PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

So, Feaster really is off on Independence Day holiday. What a waste of a roster spot and cap space.

Avatar
#12 Scary Gary
July 04 2013, 05:43PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Baffling.

Avatar
#13 schevvy
July 04 2013, 05:43PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Damnit Connor MacDavid, why can't you be a year older

Avatar
#14 FireOnIce
July 04 2013, 05:45PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Also, now Seguin is in our division. He is going to give Flames centres fits for YEARS. Awful trade for the Flames (BOS + DAL).

Avatar
#15 Baalzamon
July 04 2013, 05:45PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

@schevvy

Don't worry, there's an obvious plan here. The contract is two years. Aaron Ekblad and Connor McDavid are available in the next two drafts.

That can't be a coincidence.

Avatar
#16 Lober
July 04 2013, 05:45PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

I am actually ok with this signing. If you're going to dress a fighting it might as well be the biggest and toughest fighter you can get. I have seen Jackman lose to many fights and would much rather Mcgrattan dress. Mcgrattan B.Jones Bouma is my 4th line next season. That way we still have speed and a bodyguard on the 4th line. There is no reason to dress both Jackman and Mcgrattan and since Mcgrattan is a much better fighter and in my opinion just as good of a player if not better then Jackman, I dress Mcgrattan and waive/trade Jackman

Avatar
#17 Optimist
July 04 2013, 05:47PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Look after the kids. Well liked in the dressing room. Good.

Avatar
#18 Veggie Dog
July 04 2013, 05:47PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props
schevvy wrote:

Actually come to think of it, why couldn't they just re-sign Begin instead? At least Begin can play

Begin's untimely goals ruined our draft position, so tough crap for him.

Avatar
#19 Lober
July 04 2013, 05:47PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Forgot to mention that there is no way in hell we should have given him 750k........... What are the odds Mcgrattan would have rejected league min for 2 years????

Avatar
#20 the forgotten man
July 04 2013, 05:48PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Grit chart > post apex

On another note, do Sarich, McGrattan, Babchuk, Modin, Cervenka, Comeau, Begin etc have Feaster's cousin for an Agent...inquiring minds want to know.

Avatar
#21 schevvy
July 04 2013, 05:49PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

@FireOnIce

No he's not. Dallas is in the conference with Winnipeg. Calgary is in the conference with LA. Positives!

Avatar
#22 schevvy
July 04 2013, 05:50PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

This is like the Sarich signing, met with universal displeasure. Which is of course justified

Avatar
#23 bookofloob
July 04 2013, 05:53PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

oh hey, kill me.

Avatar
#24 Bruins
July 04 2013, 05:54PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props
Lober wrote:

I am actually ok with this signing. If you're going to dress a fighting it might as well be the biggest and toughest fighter you can get. I have seen Jackman lose to many fights and would much rather Mcgrattan dress. Mcgrattan B.Jones Bouma is my 4th line next season. That way we still have speed and a bodyguard on the 4th line. There is no reason to dress both Jackman and Mcgrattan and since Mcgrattan is a much better fighter and in my opinion just as good of a player if not better then Jackman, I dress Mcgrattan and waive/trade Jackman

I totally agree. The players play with more confidence when he is dressed. When needed he is good guy to have around.

Avatar
#25 schevvy
July 04 2013, 05:54PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

@bookofloob

I thought you liked GRITCHART

Avatar
#26 schevvy
July 04 2013, 05:55PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Jackman >>>>>>>>>>>>> McGratten

Avatar
#27 BurningSensation
July 04 2013, 05:55PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

At least we have a mentor for Keenan Kanzig.

Avatar
#29 Danger
July 04 2013, 06:01PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Oy vey.

While we're on the subject of dancing bears, I assume this means they figure Keegan "Kickpuncher" Kanzig will be ready to ride pine and punch face in three years... ugh.

Avatar
#30 RossCreekNation
July 04 2013, 06:01PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

The only surprise is the 2nd yr. Signing doesn't really concern me, b/c he's getting less than the 925k you can bury if need be. Meh.

Avatar
#31 Bezer
July 04 2013, 06:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

*whispers* I like it..

Avatar
#32 Veggie Dog
July 04 2013, 06:05PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

All the deals being announced left and right for everyone else, and the highlight of our day is this?

And @Kent, maybe he is a good guy, but so am I, and I am not on the roster. (I am also not willing to let other goons punch me in the face)

Avatar
#33 The G
July 04 2013, 06:06PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

LOL, this is hilarious. Calgarypuck thinks this is the best signing ever and flamesnation thinks this is awful. To be honest, the truth is likely somewhere in between, and if he is truly that terrible, you can waive him and send him to the minors.

I have no problems with bringing him in to protect the kids. Best quote from Baertschi re: Mcgrattan:

He came over to me and said, "You can do whatever you want out there. As soon as someone jumps you, I'm going to go out there and kill them."

Avatar
#35 suba steve
July 04 2013, 06:14PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

There were times in the past when one of the few things we had to hang our hat on (as Flame fans) was that we had probably the toughest SOB fighter in the league, Sandy McCarthy. I do not hate this signing, we are getting younger, and we are likely not going to be a contender for at least 2 years. I see no real downside as long as he doesn't take playing time away from a kid, and we all know he will be lucky if he gets 5min of ice per game played. So, nothing to get all worked up about.

Avatar
#36 knapper
July 04 2013, 06:15PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Sign and trade lol we can only hope!

Avatar
#37 the forgotten man
July 04 2013, 06:18PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Kent,

Bread and Circuses... This is the signing of a franchise that has been woefully mismanaged for 20 + years...when nothing of talent/substance can be offered then the plebs are given sideshows like McGrattan to distract from the dismal existence that is the Flames. Ken King knows this better than anyone from his days as a newsrag huckster.

Avatar
#38 beloch
July 04 2013, 06:21PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

Everybody knew the Flames were going to dress an enforcer this season, no matter what. I'd far rather they reupped McG than trade useful assets for someone else to fill the same role. This signing, while not a good thing in and of itself, is the lesser of several unknown evils, so I welcome it.

As for McG, he's far from the worst enforcer in the league when it comes to playing hockey, although that isn't saying much. However, one thing he's got going for him is that he's a damned good enforcer. The Flames would do well to print this picture out 6 feet wide and wall-paper the visitor's dressing room with it.

http://flamesnation.ca/uploads/Image/McGratten.jpg

Enforcers are not going to go away as long as the rules around fighting permit enforcer-battles (e.g. Two pugs dropping their gloves 2 seconds into the first period). As much as I hate the waste of resources and gratuitous violence, I don't blame the Flames for this decision. I blame the NHL for not finding ways to evolve the game past this.

Avatar
#39 Karasu89
July 04 2013, 06:31PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

why do you guys care so much about this signing..its a who cares signing. these guys are more about if they are popular in the dressing room..since none of us know how he is then this is a decent signing...save your sighs for the over payment of more third line left wingers and centres..feaster is rebuilding the 04 flames but in 2013..we are gonna suck anyway..so we should be happy

Avatar
#40 EddyBeers
July 04 2013, 06:31PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

I like it. He comes to play. We aren't contending next year anyway are we? So much negativity.

Avatar
#41 knapper
July 04 2013, 06:31PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Can't believe Dallas traded for horcoff what a joke one good move followed up by stupidity!

Avatar
#42 Subversive
July 04 2013, 06:32PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

Since the goal for this year should be to lose often, I heartily applaud this signing, just wish it was only for 1 year.

Avatar
#43 Karasu89
July 04 2013, 06:36PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

good thing we are not fans of dallas here..5 mil for horcoff 5 mil for gonchar..if we get this angry for an insignificant signing like mcgratten what would we do if we were fans of the stars...

Avatar
#44 Q
July 04 2013, 06:47PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

@Kent Wilson

Agreed! This is about having a positive vibe in the room. Can't argue with the signing.

Avatar
#45 Fransis
July 04 2013, 06:56PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Feaster! Your going the wrong way!

(The more I follow this fine hockey franchise the more I keep thinking of Planes, Trains and Automobiles.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_akwHYMdbsM

Avatar
#46 Flamesboi
July 04 2013, 06:57PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

tbh it's only flames "fans" on FN that gets ignited all the time, if you go on HFboard or other sites most fans love this signing.

Avatar
#47 funkyjaman
July 04 2013, 06:59PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
0
props

Why is this such a big deal to people? Good for Big Ern! Good for the Flames.

Avatar
#48 sincity1976
July 04 2013, 07:00PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
2
props

I don't normally like contracts to goons. But I am fine with this one.

One, watching heavy weights duke it out is exciting. This team isn't going to be all that exciting over the next couple of seasons. So why not?

Two, the team did play with an increased level of energy after acquiring him.

Three, with all the kids on the ice having a bit of protection (perceived or real) will help with their confidence.

Four, most players will tell you that having this type of player on your roster DOES make a difference. In a random team game sometimes we have to acknowledge that the numbers don't tell the entire story. If the players feel better having him it is probably a good thing.

Avatar
#49 clyde
July 04 2013, 07:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props
Flamesboi wrote:

tbh it's only flames "fans" on FN that gets ignited all the time, if you go on HFboard or other sites most fans love this signing.

Just a very few Flame fans who don't like this signing. As some have said on here, he comes to play to the best of his ability every night, sticks up for his team mates and from all reports is very well liked and respected by his team. He apparently has some of the best advanced stats for his role as well. Look no further than the Sesito scraps. I believe the team won both those games too.

Avatar
#50 chillout
July 04 2013, 07:03PM
Trash it!
0
trashes
Props
1
props

That one goal I saw was pretty sweet! Almost looked like he had some skills. I like him anyway even if he's not much of a player and if he actually did say that to Sven then I like him even more. And really The flames are low on contracts so gotta fill the rosters somehow, and yes there are tons of mediocre players out there but might as well take someone who is good in the room and won't steal minutes from our young skill guys. He has one job to do.

Comments are closed for this article.