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Bruins trade Brian McGrattan to Ducks 02.27.11 at 11:15 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Sunday night that they have traded forward Brian McGrattan and defenseman Sean Zimmerman, both of whom had been playing in the AHL for Providence, to the Ducks in exchange for forwards David Laliberte and Stefan Chaput.

McGrattan, whom the Bruins signed after the season’s second game, never played a game for Boston, and he registered five points and 97 penalty minutes in 39 games this season for Providence.

Both Laliberte, 24, and Chaput, 22, will report to Providence. They have 18 and 10 points, respectively in the AHL this season. Chaput has not played in the NHL, while Laliberte totaled three points in 11 games with the Flyers.

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Brian McGrattan returns from Providence richer for the experience 11.01.10 at 9:30 pm ET
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WILMINGTON ‘€” Brian McGrattan returned to the Ristuccia Arena ice on Monday after taking the weekend to do something he hadn’t done in a while: play in games.

The B’s sent McGrattan, a healthy scratch in five contests since signing with the team on Oct. 11, to Providence for conditioning, where the veteran enforcer played in three games.

“It was good,” McGrattan said of the three-day trip on Monday. “It was fun to get out there and get in a game atmosphere and kind of get my game legs going, because obviously a game is a lot different than practicing and skating after practice, so I was just glad that I got the opportunity to go down and play there.”

McGrattan, who has practiced with the fourth line, has yet to see ice time with the NHL club due to the solid play of fourth-line wingers Brad Marchand and Shawn Thornton. Asked if he felt rusty after going so long since skating in a game, McGrattan provided a reminder that he doesn’t generally expect to see 82 games a year.

“My whole career I’ve kind of had long layoffs between games,” McGrattan said with a smile. “It was fun. It was good to get out there. To be able to play a regular shift felt good. Three games in about two and a half days, I wasn’t used to that.”

McGrattan, who famously holds the record for penalty minutes in an AHL season with 551 back in 2004-05, ironically did not spend a second in the box this weekend. He chalked that up to a lack of worthy adversaries, saying “there’s not really anybody down there to go with.”

McGrattan figures to eventually see some ice time with the Bruins, though the second and third line tinkering seems to be the extent of the roster tweaks the 6-2 club is making for the time being, wisely taking the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach.

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Bruins assign Brian McGrattan to Providence for conditioning 10.29.10 at 11:20 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins announced on Friday that they have assigned forward Brian McGrattan to Providence for conditioning. McGrattan, who played with the B’s throughout training camp on a tryout basis, was signed by the team following the second game of the season and has been a healthy scratch in each of the five games he’s technically been a member of the Bruins.

The Bruins plan on having McGrattan play in three games with the Baby B’s before returning to the NHL club this coming Monday. By sending him down for conditioning he does not have to clear waivers.

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Bruins make McGrattan signing official 10.11.10 at 12:59 pm ET
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The Bruins announced on Monday that they have signed enforcer Brian McGrattan to a one-year deal. McGrattan, 29, had travelled with the team to Belfast and Prague while on a tryout.

The 29-year-old has played in 182 games between the Senators, Coyotes, and Flames. Though known throughout the NHL as one of the league’s most willing fighters, McGrattan’s most impressive statistic was his 551 penalty minutes in 71 AHL games in the 2004-05 season.

The team also placed goaltender Nolan Schaefer on waivers with the intention of assigning him to Providence. Teams were allowed to bring a third goaltender on the season-opening European trip, and as a result the former Providence College netminder traveled with the Bruins.

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Report: Bruins sign McGrattan 10.07.10 at 7:23 am ET
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PRAGUE — According to a tweet from ESPNBoston’s James Murphy, the Bruins have agreed to terms with forward Brian McGrattan, who has been with the team throughout the preseason on a tryout basis. Murphy is reporting that the deal will not be finalized until Monday.

McGrattan has 395 penalty minutes in parts of five NHL seasons. A draft pick of the Kings, McGrattan has suited up for the Senators, Coyotes, and Flames. He has been skating on the the fourth line, which is centered by Gregory Campbell and has Shawn Thornton and Brad Marchand also vying for time on the wings.

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