Brian McGrattan didn’t hear a peep from NHL headquarters Monday morning.
He wasn’t expecting to, either.
The Calgary Flames enforcer didn’t think league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan would see anything wrong with Sunday’s hit on Andrew Alberts, which resulted in an elbowing major for McGrattan and a concussion for the Vancouver Canucks defenceman.
“I’ve seen the hit. It was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit,” McGrattan said after Monday’s practice at the Saddledome. “Unfortunately, he went down, but the elbow wasn’t up, shoulder wasn’t up. Didn’t target the head. That’s my take on it.”
McGrattan has racked up 559 penalty minutes in 269 NHL outings, but the 32-year-old tough guy has never been suspended at hockey’s highest level.