With just 30 minutes remaining on the clock, many in Boston expected the NHL trade deadline to come and pass without any trades involving their beloved Bruins; shortly thereafter, things changes.
Boston Bruins General Manage Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired forward Brian Rolston (a veteran and former Bruin) and defenseman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Yannick Riendeau and defenseman Marc Cantin- two mid-level prospects in the Bruins organization.
In a separate deal, Chiarelli announced that the Bruins acquired defenseman Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer. In order to make space for the newly acquired players, the Bruins assigned Andrew Bodnarchuk, Carter Camper, and Max Sauve to Providence.
At today’s press conference Chiarelli described the trade deadline outcome in great detail:
“I would classify Rolston as a forward – he plays all three forward positions. And Mottau is a left-shot d in return for [Yannick] Riendeau and Marc Cantin – two of our younger players that were playing in the East Coast league. In addition, we’ve acquired Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild in return for Steve Kampfer. So we’ve added some veteran depth to our lineup, specifically on Rolston, he’s a guy most of you are familiar with. Hasn’t had a great year, but I feel he’s a motivated player – terrific shot. Can really skate, and he’ll add to our depth and versatility. He can move up and down the lineup, you’ve heard me say the same thing before with some of our additions and he has a big shot.
Mottau, again, adds to our defensive depth – left-shot D – we’ve been looking for some left-shot D’s and has a good head on his shoulder, good mobility and I find he keeps a nice gap for someone his size which is hard to do. Zanon is a terrific shot blocker, he’s a real gritty competitor. He’s a warrior type defenseman, so now we have eight defensemen in the mix now and we’ve added the forward so we’ve improved our forward [depth]. We’ll wait and see what happens with our two forwards that are currently injured right now.
Overall the day was, well, the two three weeks were very long. Never really seen this type of inactivity. I don’t know what the final tally was on the trades, but it was real heavy slugging and I can understand why other teams want to keep players. The number of buyers was far, to me, far exceeding the number of sellers. We saw a couple of hockey trades, I haven’t seen all the trades yet, but we’ve seen a couple of hockey trades. When I say hockey trades, they’re not a pure rental situation.
We were satisfied with what we accomplished, I probably made in the last three or four days, I probably made the most phone calls to other GMs then I’ve ever made in that period of time or the time leading up to the deadline. Overall it was a long day, I’m satisfied as to the depth that we added and the veteran presence.”
Chiarelli maintained that while it was a truly frustrating trade deadline for all GMs, he was pleased with the outcome.
Rolston, the former Bruin and Stanley Cup Champion with the New Jersey Devils in 1995, and is now 39 years old, has played 1235 NHL game is the true definition of a veteran leader. He has already expressed sincere joy to be back and Boston, and is motivated to help the team win their second Cup in as many seasons. Mike Mottau, who was a teammate of Rolston’s playing for the New York Islanders this season, also expressed joy at the idea of playing for the Bruins. Mottau is a native of Quincy Massachusetts, and played his college hockey for the Boston College Eagles.
Zanon, who ranked second overall in the entire NHL last season, in blocked shots with 212, is extremely “pumped” to be playing for a contender, and original six team like the Bruins, and cant wait too get started. Zanon might be the biggest pickup of the day for the Bruins, especially if the Johnny Boychuk concussion keeps him out long term.
Quote Of The Day:
Mottau on if there was any talks of him being a Bruin in the past…
“Yeah there was some talks a couple years ago – my agent had some conversations but there was just really no room for me. I always said I’d take a puck in the teeth for the Bruins, now I have a chance to do that.”
Well Mike, get that dental insurance ready!