Bruins sign McGrattan to one-year deal; waive Schaefer

MONTREAL CANADA - SEPTEMBER 22: Hal Gill #75 of the Montreal Canadiens and Brian McGrattan #87 of the Boston Bruins battle of the puck during an NHL pre-season game at the Bell Centre on September 22 2010 in Montreal Quebec Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

As expected, the Bruins announced today that they have signed forward Brian McGrattan to a 1-year deal. Terms of the deal are not known, but it was expected to be a two-way, which would allow McGrattan to play in both the NHL and AHL this season without having to clear waivers. McGrattan was in camp with the Bruins on a professional try-out agreement and impressed the Bruins' brass enough to earn a contract. McGrattan will likely split time between the 4th line, the 9th floor, and the Ocean State this season. McGrattan gives the B's some added toughness, depth, and veteran presence. The contract is likely for short money and a two-way deal. It is low-risk for the Bruins. Why not? You can never have enough team toughness.

In another expected move, the Bruins waived goalie Nolan Schaefer with the intent to send him to Providence. The NHL granted permission for the teams that were traveling overseas to carry three goaltenders. Schaefer was able to hitch a ride with the B's to Prague and will now report to the Baby-B's (if he clears waivers).

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