Brian McGrattan, who remains without a contract, will travel with the Bruins to Belfast. What happens after that is unknown.
“I’m really happy,” McGrattan said of his camp. “I had a goal coming into camp. I came in on a tryout, but I still had a goal of doing the best I can and trying to make the team. So far things have gone the way I’ve planned. I wouldn’t say there’s still a long road, but I still have to keep things going, do what I do, and hopefully it impresses them enough to keep me around for the year.”
McGrattan will play tonight, most likely alongside Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille on the fourth line. The Bruins have had talks with McGrattan’s agent, but the club has yet to determine if he has earned a contract.
In all likelihood, McGrattan is fighting Brad Marchand for the 13th forward spot. GM Peter Chiarelli said there’s a chance the Bruins could carry two extra forwards and one spare defenseman to start the season. Because they are starting overseas, the Bruins are also allowed to bring a third goalie in Nolan Schaefer.