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Predators Sign Free Agent Forward Josh Gratton

by Press Release / Nashville Predators
Nashville, Tenn. (July 9, 2008) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with free-agent forward Josh Gratton.


Gratton, 25 (9/9/82), has played 67 career National Hockey League games with Phoenix and Philadelphia since 2005-06, notching three points (2g-1a) and 237 penalty minutes. The 6-2, 214-pound left wing posted American Hockey League offensive career highs during the 2007-08 season, amassing 26 points (11g-15a) in addition to 196 penalty minutes in 58 games with San Antonio (38 gp) and Hartford (20 gp). The Brantford, Ont., native has also won an AHL Calder Cup, notching six points (3g-3a) and 78 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05.

Originally signed as a free agent by the Flyers prior to the 2004-05 campaign, Gratton’s first full NHL season came in 2006-07, when he ranked second in the NHL and first on Phoenix in penalty minutes (188) and earned the club’s Man of the Year Award.


Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW Shots Pct
2000-2001 Sudbury  OHL   44 5 13 18 110
2001-2002 Sudbury  OHL   14 5 4 9 47
2001-2002 Kingston  OHL   46 14 14 28 140
2002-2003 Windsor  OHL   62 26 30 56 192
2003-2004 Cincinnati  AHL   21 2 2 4 69
2003-2004 San Diego  ECHL   30 4 6 10 239
2004-2005 Philadelphia  AHL   57 9 5 14 8 246 4 0 1
2004-2005 Trenton  ECHL   1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 0
2005-2006 Flyers   3 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 3 0.0
2005-2006 Coyotes   11 1 0 1 -3 30 0 0 0 14 7.1
2005-2006 Philadelphia  AHL   53 9 10 19 -1 265 4 0 0
2006-2007 Coyotes   52 1 1 2 -9 188 0 0 0 29 3.4
2006-2007 San Antonio  AHL   3 1 1 2 -1 8 0 0 0
2007-2008 Coyotes   1 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 0 0.0
 
NHL Totals:   67 2 1 3 -11 237 0 0 0 46 4.3
 
 
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW Shots Pct
2000-2001 Sudbury  OHL   9 1 1 2 0 25 0.0
2001-2002 Kingston  OHL   1 1 0 1 0 7 0.0
2002-2003 Windsor  OHL   6 2 1 3 0 8 0.0
2003-2004 Cincinnati  AHL   8 0 0 0 0 35 0 0.0
2004-2005 Philadelphia  AHL   21 3 3 6 2 78 0 0 0
 
 
 
 Career Notes:
Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 27, 2004. Traded to Phoenix by Philadelphia with Florida's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Detroit - Detroit selected Cory Emerton) in 2006 Entry Draft, Tampa Bay's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Detroit - Detroit selected Shawn Matthias) in 2006 Entry Draft for Denis Gauthier, March 9, 2006.



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