East Division Expedition: Former Penguin/Admiral Alex Grant Now On Binghamton's Blueline

Monday, April 7, 2014
Ex-WBS defenseman Alex Grant has been well-traveled in the last year. Photo courtesy of Bob Howard of the Power Play Post Show (@PPPShow).
This past weekend had to be interesting for Binghamton Senators defenseman Alex Grant, who faced his former team from this season - the Norfolk Admirals - on Saturday night and turned around for a Sunday afternoon game against the team who traded him after a conference finals run in the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs - the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Things didn't go the BSens way on Saturday night in a 6-3 loss to the Admirals, but Grant and the BSens rebounded Sunday with a convincing 6-2 win over a good Penguins team.

"Personally, I don't like losing to a team that I previously played for," Grant said, adding "It's always nice to win those games, especially."

Grant had a game-high three assists for the BSens in the win over Penguins Sunday, but was quick to give credit to the guys up front.

"I've talked ever since I've been here about how skilled the forwards are and how they can put the puck in the net," Grant said. "I'm just trying to get the puck on their stick and make the simple plays."

The BSens win creates a first place tie in the East Division with the Penguins, who meet two more times before the regular season ends on April 20th.

More on Grant's journey since leaving the Penguins organization after the jump.

Grant's Journey (Quick Timeline)

Last game with WBS Penguins: 5/29 vs. Syracuse in AHL East Conference Finals Game 3 (scored two goals in WBS' lone win in Game 1, one assist in Game 2)

Restricted free agent with the Penguins this past summer, was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on June 24th for forward Harry Zolnierczyk.

Spent 19 games in Norfolk (6G-6A) before earning his first ever NHL call up on November 28th.

Made NHL debut with Anaheim on November 30th against San Jose, scoring his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot. Played two games with Anaheim - the first two NHL games of his career - and scored two goals on two shots while also adding two penalty minutes.

On March 5th, Grant was on the move again after 27 points (7G-20A) in 52 AHL games with Norfolk. The Anaheim Ducks traded Grant to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Andre Petersson, who at the time led the AHL's Binghamton Senators in scoring.

Grant Still Playing In The East Division

Grant was assigned to Binghamton and made his BSens debut on March 8th against Utica, registering one assist in the BSens 6-5 shootout loss. It was Grant's 3rd meeting with a new team, a new coach and a new town this season, having played in the NHL with Anaheim and the AHL with Norfolk already this year.

Between being traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins organization over the summer, playing in Norfolk and going cross-country for two games in Anaheim and now being in the Ottawa Senators organization in the AHL with Binghamton, it really doesn't seem like much has changed for Grant on the ice. He's still in the AHL's East Division and playing against the same opponents, just in a different uniform and against a different set of former teammates.

"Over the course of a season you play them so many times," Grant said referring to the East Division teams. You seem to see them every week, but they're always good games, both teams are always competitive. Especially this year [with the BSens and Pens], both top of the division so they're going to be meaningful games down the stretch."

When asked about playing on three of the five East Division teams in the last nine months, Grant didn't have a clear explanation on how different is has been, mainly because he is still playing against the same teams, just while being on a different team.

"It's crazy playing for three different teams in this division. It's different still seeing the same players every single game but on different teams. I'm happy where I am right now and things are going well."


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