No wonder Brian McGrattan had a smile on his face Monday morning.
Fight night in Toronto the evening before involving one tough guy made such an impression around the league that his NHL fight club fraternity grew once again as the Edmonton Oilers decided they, too, needed a goon.
“Everybody thought the skill game was going to take over two or three years ago, but the game found itself again,” said the smiling Flames enforcer, who couldn’t find an NHL job three years ago.
“The league is never going to be a soft, skilled league like so many experts thought. It’s never going to happen. There’s always going to be big, tough, strong guys who are going to play to hurt you, which is why every team has to have one and every team is going back to the old ways.
“And it’s good to see.”