Brian McGrattan has seen his time with the Nashville Predators officially come to an end, as Nashville GM David Poile has sent him to the Calgary Flames in return for defenseman Joe Piskula. Per the Preds’ front office:
Piskula, 28 (7/5/84), has 10 points (2g-8a) and 51 penalty minutes in 46 games for Calgary’s AHL affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat, in 2012-13. A professional since the completion of his collegiate career in 2007, the Antigo, Wis., native has played in 10 career NHL games with Los Angeles (2006-07) and Calgary (2011-12), going scoreless and posting eight penalty minutes. In 370 career AHL contests with the Flames and Kings organizations, Piskula has 70 points (8g-62a) and 320 penalty minutes.
The 6-3, 214-pound blueliner played 112 games during a three-year career at the University of Wisconsin from 2004-07, posting 22 points (3g-19a) and 80 penalty minutes. In 2006, he helped the Badgers claim the NCAA title.
The fan base has been grumbling lately wanting Poile to make a move, but this isn’t what anybody was counting on. Piskula is on the final year of his contract making $525,000. He appears to be an insurance policy against injuries to the Preds’ current corps of defensemen; Nashville has already lost Hal Gill for some time early on this year and doesn’t have the same depth in Milwaukee that it once did now that Jonathon Blum and Ryan Ellis are NHL regulars.
As for Brian McGrattan, he’ll enjoy something of a homecoming. He played in 34 games for the Flames back in 2009-10, two more than he spent in a Nashville Predators sweater.
So long, Big Ern, it was nice knowing you.