Whether it is during a press conference, media session, or post-game interview, making excuses when things head south should never be an option.
The Bruins lost Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley, two of their key forwards, due to injury in the past month. Horton will be out indefinitely with a concussion and Peverley will miss four to six weeks with a sprained MCL.
Despite their recent slump and lack of offensive punch, the Bruins have yet to make an excuse. What they did do is go out and add some depth at the trade deadline. The Bruins sent prospects Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin to the New York Islanders in exchange for Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau.
Rolston is a former Bruin who has had some playoff experience. He won the Stanley Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils. The 39-year-old winger has played in over 1,200 NHL games with career totals of 339 goals and 407 assists.
This season with the Islanders has been less than spectacular. He currently has four goals and five assists with a minus-12 rating. That statistic might not be too crucial because, with all due respect, he played for a struggling Islanders team that is 13th in the Eastern Conference.
Rolston should be a good fit on the third line regardless if Horton or Peverley return to the team.
Mottau, a graduate of Boston College, was considered to be one of the greatest hockey players at the collegiate level. His play has continued into the NHL and now with the Bruins. He only skated in 29 games this season for the Islanders due to a concussion. He will likely be a seventh or eighth defenseman for Boston.
Rolston and Mottau are said to be past their prime. Neither of them may not be that “big name” target every team salivates over, but they provide leadership and experience. Those are priceless assets that will become vital once the postseason begins.