Bruins trade tough guy McGrattan

Bruins trade tough guy McGrattan

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

EDMONTON, AB CSNNE.com is reporting that Providence Bruins tough man Brian McGrattan has been traded from the Bs organization, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. McGrattanwas dealt to the Anaheim Ducks organization,and Bostonwill be gettingan unknownhockey assetin exchange for the veteran enforcer that never actually played a game in Boston this season.Rogers Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos tweeted that the deal was McGrattan andSeanZimmerman to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for AHL playersDavid Laliberte and Stephane Chaput, but that has yet to beconfirmed.McGrattan arrived in Boston as an invite to training camp, made the team out of camp and traveled with the Bs for their European Premiere games before eventually getting sent down to the AHL. The 29-year-old McGrattan played in 39 games with the P-Bruins and finished with four goals and an assist along with 97 penalty minutes at the AHL level following his demotion from Boston.
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Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Thursday, Jan. 19: Torts doesn't think LeBron could play hockey

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are ever going to poop, or get off the pot.
 
*John Tortorella wants everybody to know that he thinks there isn’t a chance that Lebron James could play hockey.
 
*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s my radio hit with Toucher and Rich this morning about whether or not Claude Julien should be fired after back-to-back bad losses against the Islanders and Red Wings.
 
*How did Shane Doan arrive at an unhappy place with the Arizona Coyotes where he now is open to moving elsewhere ahead of the trade deadline?
 
*Henrik Lundqvist’s season is entering a crisis level based on what he’s done, and the diminished performance level he’s showing as a more mature goaltender.
 
*A nice piece with a Canadian hockey hero, Hayley Wickenheiser, who recounts some of the legendary moments of her career through a series of pictures.
 
*I totally respect the work that Travis Yost does, but stating the Bruins should stick with Claude Julien because their shooting percentage is bound to turn around isn’t good enough grounds to keep a floundering situation intact, in my opinion. You need to check where the shots are coming from and how many of those shot attempts are completely missing the net to get a better grasp on some of the reasons behind Boston’s dreadful 10-year low shooting percentage. That would also explain some of the reason why Julien needs to be replaced coaching a team that’s largely content on perimeter shots to do it for them while also only sporadically showing the effort required from a middle class talent type of team.

*The Lightning are struggling at Joe Namath levels right now without Steve Stamkos in their lineup, and they need that to change.
 
*For something completely different: congrats to the Boston boys in New Edition for a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.