The Calgary Flames picked up free agent defenseman Nicklas Grossmann just before the start of the 2016-17 season, inking him to a one year deal in early October.
After just a few games drawn into the lineup, though, the veteran blue liner was placed on waivers by the Pacific Division club; and when no clubs opted to place a claim for him, he cleared and was subsequently deemed eligible to be reassigned to the AHL.
Drafted in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, the 6 foot 4, 230 lbs defenseman spent most of his career in Dallas’ system before getting sent out to the Philadelphia Flyers.
From there, he skated for three seasons before getting dealt to the Arizona Coyotes in the deal to unload Chris Pronger’s contract; now, he’s moved on to the Flames.
As a billed stay-at-home defenseman, the hard-hitting Grossmann was considered a solid defensive option through the start of his NHL career.
As he’s aged, though, and the league’s perception on defense has changed, he’s become more and more expendable – culminating in his waiver status this season, which went along with the fact that it took him nearly until the start of the year to find a team willing to pick him up on a new deal.
The Flames have struggled through the start of their 2016-17 campaign, putting up a 5-8-1 record and sitting ahead of just Arizona in the Pacific Division.