• Colin.S

      I have to agree with this, I still remember the summer that Darryl went out and got Ivanans and Jackman and wondered what the hell he was doing.

      If ALL we get is McGratton, that’s better than picking up several face punchers if we can just have one really mean one I guess.

  • Craig

    In my opinion, it is much better to have a team infused with players that can hit and stand up for themselves if they need to. If guys are afraid to take a hit, then they need to hit the gym.

    The reality is the game has changed dramatically, we don’t need goons that can’t skate taking up space, we need four lines that can all drive possesion. If were going to have an effective fourth line I’d rather it be made up of tim jackman, Bouma, #Blairjones that are going to out hit, out skate and outshoot the opposition, but can be called upon to get gritty every now and again. These players are where real unstaged fights come from. Ideally every line would be able to handle themselves on the ice.

    I see a lot of comments about how Gretzky needed an enforcer, and he did. but that was a long time ago, the game has changed, the stats are changing, and teams need less and less plugs, as we move forward with new generation of coaches we will see less dancing bears and more big solid utility players.

    ps. Love the picture for this post. So perfect.

  • wattree

    Not a fan of this signing, especially with Brodie and Backlind still unsigned, but watching that fourth line crash and bang was highly entertaining towards the end of the year

  • wattree

    I’ll give Feaster credit for improving the Flames’ scouting dept., but when it comes to signings and trades he’s proven himself to be thoroughly mediocre.

  • piscera.infada

    I’m late to the party, but here goes. Perhaps we’re looking at this “goon issue” in the wrong light. I understand that having a guy on your team that can do NOTHING but punch faces serves no real purpose. That said, if the guy is good in the dressing room, on the bench, and generally liked by the rest of the team (as I hear McGrattan is), I don’t really see the issue in signing him for >1 mill. per season.

    I mean, while we can debate the psychological effects of face-punching, I’m not sure anyone is going to debate the effects of having a solid teammate/team-player on your team. I feel McGrattan serves more of a purpose than just throwing his fists around. Perhaps if we had a great deal more skill on this roster, I would feel different – but we don’t. Just my thoughts though (if you can’t tell, I like the guy).

    • Colin.S

      There isn’t a big issue in the money because it doesn’t affect Calgary’s cap situation this season at least. The issue is putting a player on the ice that is only good at one thing, punching faces, and if you put him out against other face punchers that’s one thing, but if he gets caught out against people with legitimate skill, that’s a problem, cause 9 times out of 10, the puck is going to remain in your end and generate a scoring chance.