The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired 6’2”, 215-pound forward Josh Gratton from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenseman Tim Ramholt, according club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Gratton has been assigned to the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms.
Gratton, 26, recorded two goals and three assists for five points and 10 penalty minutes in seven games for the Predators’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, this season. He was signed as a free agent by Nashville on July 9, 2008.
He split the 2007-08 season between the Phoenix Coyotes, San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix’s AHL affiliate) and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. He was scoreless in one regular season game for the Coyotes. In 58 AHL regular season games, Gratton registered 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points and 196 penalty minutes.
In 67 career NHL regular season games over parts of three seasons with the Flyers (2005-06) and Phoenix (2005-06 through 2007-08), Gratton posted three points (2G,1A) and 237 penalty minutes. He was scoreless in three regular season games for the Flyers during the 2005-06 season. He was traded by the Flyers, along with Florida’s second round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and Tampa Bay’s second round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, to Phoenix in exchange for Denis Gauthier on March 9, 2006. He was originally signed as a free agent by the Flyers on July 27, 2004.
Ramholt, 23, was scoreless in seven games for the Phantoms this season. He was acquired by the Flyers from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Kyle Greentree on June 30, 2008.