In a surprising move given that he was on waivers just 24 hours ago, the Calgary Flames acquired Nashville Predators forward Brian McGrattan this morning.
The Preds received defenseman Joe Piskula in return.
McGrattan collected two points in 32 games over two seasons with Nashville and had been playing with their AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, since being assigned there for a conditioning assignment on February 15. He was officially assigned to the Ads on Tuesday and cleared waivers yesterday.
Calgary General Manager Jay Feaster could have claimed the Hamilton, Ontario, native Tuesday night or Wednesday morning without having to give anything up in return but chose the trade route instead. Speculation is because the Flames are close to the NHL roster limit of 60 (they have 59) and need to keep one open in case another trade happens in the near future.
Cue Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester rumors.
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