In the early minutes of tonight’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, McGrattan caught Canucks defenceman Andrew Alberts with a high hit that left him down for a while.
McGrattan subsequently fought Vancouver’s Tom Sestito as Alberts tried to get to his feet. Video of the hit can be found below, you be the judge.
McGrattan was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for elbowing, along with the fighting major. Alberts has not returned to the game.
At first glance, it looks like McGrattan gets Alberts’ shoulder on the hit, then follows through with his stick and hands up.
I’m not sure what will happen here. On one hand, the league could look at it the same way they looked at Brad Stuart‘s early-season hit on Rick Nash that resulted in a three-game ban. Alternatively, they could also follow the Tom Wilson blueprint and say that a major penalty and a game misconduct was sufficient punishment.
Flames fans quickly took to Twitter to defend McGrattan, but it would be hard to think the NHL won’t at least take a look at it. Wes Gilbertson, a Flames beat reporter for the Calgary Sun, believes McGrattan’s phone will be ringing.
Don't be surprised if #Flames RW Brian McGrattan hears from Brendan Shanahan after that high hit on Canucks D Andrew Alberts.
— Wes Gilbertson (@SUNGilbertson) December 30, 2013
If McGrattan is suspended, he would become the 23rd player suspended this season, and the 29th if you count suspensions given out in the preseason. McGrattan has never been suspended in the NHL, so here’s what a salary forfeit scale would look like.
|Days in Season||195|
|Suspension Length||Salary Forfeited|
UPDATE: Per the Calgary Herald, the NHL will likely be reviewing the hit.
So, what do you guys think? Is McGrattan’s hit suspension-worthy? Let us know in the poll; we’ll also keep this post updated with any related news going forward.