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Brian McGrattan says BizNasty “wouldn’t even look at him” to fight

Oct 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

Paul Bissonnette, Jerred Smithson AP

Brian McGrattan certainly knows how to get noticed upon making his return to the NHL. The AHL single-season penalty minute record holder and newly acquired Nashville Predator got to suit up against the Coyotes in the Preds 5-2 loss to Phoenix, but it didn’t go quite the way McGrattan was hoping for.

With McGrattan being a fighter and the Coyotes having Internet superstar Paul “BizNasty” Bissonnette roaming on the ice there ready to drop the gloves, McGrattan was hoping to get famous on BizNasty. Bissonnette wasn’t having it though. Buddy Oakes of Preds On The Glass hears from McGrattan about how BizNasty wouldn’t have a go.

McGrattan is known as one of the toughest enforcers in hockey. During the game he tried to use his physical game to no avail. “I tried a couple of times but if you don’t have a taker then you can’t take yourself out of the game trying to do that the whole game. You ask once or twice and if nothing’s there you try to do other things.”

The guy that wouldn’t participate was Coyote tough-guy, Paul Bisssonette. McGrattan said, “He didn’t even look at me.”

Things in the AHL might be a bit more brutal with fights and shenanigans, but in the NHL when your team is up, and up comfortably, the chances are that an enforcer taking a fight while his team is up big will get him benched. Bissonnette did right by his team not taking a fight and potentially getting the Preds fired up and back in the game.

McGrattan may have been out of the NHL for a bit, but even he’s got to know that no one will dance with him when things are out of hand.

  1. cannonblast14 - Oct 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    What a lame attempt for attention

  2. donttouchthedirtypenny - Oct 14, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    This is what’s wrong with fighting in modern hockey. McGratton is out there justifying his existence on the roster by trying to engage in a fight that had no place in the context of the game. A classic “staged fight”. I think fighting, historically, has had a purpose in hockey (when emotions run high or people are taking cheap shots) but if this garbage continues I’d begin to favor legislating fighting out of the game.

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