The Bruins have invited tough guy Brian McGrattan to training camp on a tryout basis. The 29-year-old McGrattan appeared in 34 games last season for Calgary, scoring one goal and three assists while racking up 86 penalty minutes.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound forward, originally drafted by Los Angeles in the fourth round of the 1999 draft, had his best years in the Ottawa system. In 2005-06, McGrattan dressed for the Senators in 60 games, scoring two goals and three assists while totaling 141 penalty minutes. That year, according to hockeyfights.com, McGrattan threw down 19 times.
McGrattan could push Shawn Thornton, the team’s resident enforcer. Thornton is under contract for two more years at $812,500 annually.
Here’s a clip of McGrattan’s tussle with Steve MacIntyre last year: