With Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton being sideline with injuries and Johnny Boychuk now being listed day-to-day with a ‘mild concussion,’ Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had some shoes to fill coming down to the wire of Monday’s trade deadline.
With the Bruins acquiring Mike Mottau, Brian Rolston and Greg Zonan; Andrew Bodnarchuk and Max Sauve have been sent back down to Providence to make room for the new guys on the roster.
Mike Mottau, formerly of the New York Islanders will be wearing the #27. Mottau is a 6 foot 190lb left-shot defenseman, as well as a Quincy, Massachusetts native. According to Chiarelli, he ” keeps “a good gap” for a player his size.”
“I always said I’d take a puck in the teeth for the Bruins, now I have a chance to do that.” Mottau on coming to Boston.(via @NHLBruins)
Brian Rolston is a former Bruins who will be wearing the jersey associated with #12. Rolston previously played for Boston during the PJ Axelsson era from 2001-2004 registering 86 goals and 131 assists.
“We’ve added some veteran depth to our lineup, specifically on Rolston, he’s a guy most of you are familiar with,” said Chiarelli. “Hasn’t had a great year, but I feel he’s a motivated player…[who] can really skate, and he’ll add to our depth and versatility.”(via Boston Bruins news)
Rolston on playing for the B’s organization again:
“I’m super excited…it shouldn’t take me long to adjust to the way Bruins like to play…Obviously, the Bruins have a few injuries right now. I’m hoping to go in and I’m planning on playing tomorrow night.”(via @NHLBruins)
While Rolston and Mottau came from the New York Islanders, one player came from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer. In exchange for Kampfer, who only played in a dozen games combined this season between Boston and Providence, the Bruins took on Greg Zanon. Zanon is currently the second ranked blocked shots player in the League and is known for his shot and grit as a player.(Sounds like a Bruin, right?)
“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.”(via Bruins News)
Zanon, who will be wearing #6, on coming to Boston for the first time:
“I’m very excited to be a part of the Boston Bruins…with where they’re sitting for playoffs and hopefully making another run at the Cup…Any time you can come to an Original Six team in this league it’s a big deal and I’m really honored to have the opportunity to play.”(via @NHLBruins)
All three acquisitions sound excited and ready to suit up for Boston in tomorrow night’s match against the Ottawa Senators.
“They’re excited and they want to win,” said Chiarelli. “They say what I want to hear when I call them when you acquire them in a trade. We won last year and we want to try and win again,” continued the GM. “It’s plain and in it’s in front of them and I feel that they are all motivated.”(via Bruins News)