BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has placed forward Brian McGrattan on waivers for the purpose of assignment to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).
The 29-year-old McGrattan was signed by the Bruins as a free agent on October 11, 2010 after being invited to Bruins training camp on a tryout agreement. He has been a healthy scratch in nine games this season for Boston and had a scoreless three-game conditioning stint in Providence from October 29 – October 31.
He 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.
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.