Erik Erlendsson covers the Tampa Bay Lightning for The Tampa Tribune.
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Brett McLean to be at Lightning training camp
Posted Sep 9, 2009 by Erik Erlendsson
Updated Sep 9, 2009 at 12:55 PM
Veteran center Brett McLean arrived in Brandon this morning to take part in the precamp scrimmages and workouts. McLean has a locker stall inside the main locker room and will take part in Lightning training camp on a tryout basis. He said that he has been given no guarantees on anything other than an opportunity to make the team and earn a contract.
“My agent got a call that they were interested in bringing me down here and I’m excited to get the opportunity,’’ McLean said. “There were other options out there and some two-way offers, but I looked at what they were offering here and I thought it sounded like a good opportunity here. This is a team on the rise and I hope to be a part of it.’‘
McLean played the past two seasons with the Florida Panthers, but didn’t have a contract in hand as training camps are getting set to open. A veteran of 385 career NHL games, McLean said all he was looking for was a chance.
“It’s an opportunity and that’s really all I can ask for,’’ he said. “There are no guarantees here and that’s what a tryout, is all about. I know it’s important for me to come out and show what I can do right from the first day, that’s not a lot of room for margin of error.’’