Nicklas Grossmann officially assigned to Stockton Heat

This has somehow both been a long time coming, and something that should have never had to happen to begin with.

When the Flames signed Nicklas Grossmann, it was explicitly for cap purposes in order to maximize the team’s usage of LTIR, should it have been necessary to dip into through the season. Of course, injuries happen, so of course, it was; Hunter Shinkaruk would not be able to be on this team without Ladislav Smid being placed on the long-term injured reserve.

This, of course, did not mean it was necessary to actually play Grossmann. In the three games he dressed for, two were complete train wrecks. I can think of three or four goals off of the top of my head that were directly on him, and at least another instance where the goalie bailed him out. Grossmann was simply incapable of performing at an NHL level.

Yesterday, Grossmann was waived. Today, he cleared waivers. Now, he has been officially reassigned to the Stockton Heat.

So there’s that: a signing for cap purposes can no longer be dressed in an NHL lineup, as something that never should have happened in the first place. Grossmann averaged 13:01 a game – 13 minutes that could have gone to a better defenceman in every scenario.

The logic for dressing Grossmann in what could very well be his final NHL game – the one in Los Angeles – was particularly flawed: it was purely about “getting size into the lineup” (as if Deryk Engelland doesn’t already exist, is on this team, and can actually apparently jump up into the rush on occasion and have good things come from it, all while fighting people sometimes).

That size didn’t exactly help him when Nick Shore took a casual stroll around – actually, kind of through – him to set up Kyle Clifford, though, did it?

So, that’s the last of that.

Grossmann joins a Heat defence group that presently has Oliver Kylington, Rasmus Andersson, Tyler Wotherspoon, Kenney Morrison, Keith Aulie, Ryan Culkin, and Kayle Doetzel. The Heat are now carrying eight defencemen; Keegan Kanzig was demoted to the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder earlier in the day, presumably to make room for this move.

Kylington, Andersson, Wotherspoon, and Morrison have been the mainstays of the Heat’s defence, while Aulie was recently brought in to replace Colby Robak, and Culkin is presently out with an injury. We can probably expect Grossmann to get some AHL time, presumably interchanging with Aulie and Doetzel.

Hopefully, the AHL is more suited to his speed and playing levels today.

        • Albertabeef

          There was a time when Kanzig almost made the team out of training camp. His draft year he was the last cut. I don’t know how he fell so far down the depth chart with him playing under the flames noses since joining the Hitmen and now the farm system. Mind you the flames have always sucked at player development. Better off sending them to Russia for a year ala Gio lol.

  • Johnny Goooooooaldreau

    Again, an emotional premise in an “Ari”ticle by this writer.

    Why is it so hard to understand that the cost of getting the player signed at that particular cap hit was that he had to play some games in order for the Flames to not be seen to be circumventing the cap.

    Gross man had to get into a couple of games before someone got hurt and they were then able to LTIR Smid.

    It was a business decision that may allow them to not have any cap overages added on to next year, when they will be looking to spend some money to take another step.