McGrattan joined the Predators after being picked up on waivers from Anaheim, back in October of 2011. He immediately made an impression on fans with his gusto for fighting and his interaction with the fans, whether it be motioning to the crowd during a bout, or sharing his off-ice thoughts via Twitter (@bigern10).

Under the new CBA, re-entry waivers would not be required to bring him back to Nashville if the need arises.