BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Brian McGrattan to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Chiarelli also announced that the team has placed goaltender Nolan Schaefer on waivers for purpose of assignment to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).
The 29-year-old McGrattan is a veteran of 182 NHL games splitting his time between the Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes and Ottawa Senators. McGrattan made his NHL debut with Ottawa during the 2005-06 season and set career highs in games played (60), goals (2), assists (3), points (5) and penalty minutes (141) during that season. He skated for the Calgary Flames last year and registered one goal, three assists and 86 penalty minutes in 34 games. He was an invite to the 2010 Bruins Training Camp and skated with the team throughout the preseason and went with the squad to Belfast and Prague, although he did not see any game action.
McGrattan owns the American Hockey League record for penalty minutes in a season after recording 551 in 71 games during the 2004-05 season as a member of the Binghamton Senators (53 minors, 41 majors, 18 misconducts, 6 game misconducts). For his AHL career, McGrattan tallied 1053 penalty minutes in 197 games, to go along with 25 goals and 22 assists.
The 6’4”, 235-pound native of Hamilton, Ontario was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Schaefer was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on July 2, 2010 and accompanied the team on their overseas trip to Belfast and Prague but did not see any game action. He is a veteran of seven NHL games, all played with the San Jose Sharks during the 2005-2006 season where he posted a 5-1-0 record with a 1.87 Goals Against Average and .920 Save Percentage. The 6’2”, 195-pound native of Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan, was originally selected by San Jose in the fifth round (166th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He is the younger brother of former Bruin, Peter Schaefer.