|Mike Mottau: Trade to Bruins a ‘dream come true’||02.28.12 at 2:15 pm ET|
Mike Mottau calls Monday’s trade to the Bruins “a dream come true.”
The Avon, Mass. native was part of the four-player trade that also landed former Islanders teammate Brian Rolston in Boston, and it returned Mottau to the where he grew up and played his college hockey at Boston College.
“Growing up a Bruins fans, and following the team throughout my whole professional career, finally getting a chance to put on the sweater was really special this morning, even just to go out for morning skate,” Mottau said after Tuesday’s morning skate.
Mottau followed last year’s playoffs and watched the Bruins as they won their first title in 39 years. He’s friends with Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo, so the trade returns him to his home without the tough adjustment to a new team.
“Even playing with the Islanders last year, I was home for the Cup run. Watching the guys go through it, it was pretty amazing for the city and these guys,” he said. “I know quite a few guys and it’s great to be a part of it now.”
Mottau didn’t expect to be traded, as he had just made his return Sunday from a concussion. He will be in the lineup Tuesday night against the Senators.
|Joe Corvo knows he may be battling for his spot in the Bruins’ lineup||02.28.12 at 12:17 pm ET|
Monday’s defensive additions made Joe Corvo‘s job a lot less safe. He knows that.
In the weeks leading up to the NHL’s trade deadline, it was clear that the Bruins would benefit from adding a defenseman to potentially upgrade Corvo’s spot in the lineup. Corvo’s first (and likely last) season with the B’s has been a disappointment, as he just three goals and 19 assists for 22 points, a step backwards from his 11-goal, 40-point campaign a season ago with the Hurricanes.
On Monday, the Bruins added two defensemen who could compete to take away Corvo’s minutes once Johnny Boychuk is healthy. The most likely candidate is shot-blocking wiz Mark Zanon, with the other addition coming in the form of local boy Mike Mottau. Corvo normally plays on the team’s second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg, but Seidenberg and Zanon, who was second in the league last season with 212 blocked shots, would create a shut-down pair for the B’s.
“You definitely count the numbers and figure out that somebody’s got to sit,” Corvo said. “‘¦It just depends on how everybody’s playing.”
Corvo admits that he hasn’t performed as well with the B’s as he had hoped when the team acquired him over the summer. He’s a free agent at season’s end, and spending the stretch run as a healthy scratch wouldn’t exactly boost his stock once he hits the open market.
“I think I’m old enough to the point where you just play and not worry about [what it means for my next contract],” Corvo said. “You worry about that stuff in the summer time. It’s been obviously a slow year, but I feel like I’ve been making strides lately and playing well, so that’s all I’m concerned about, is just playing well and feeling good about my game.”
Corvo knows Mottau well, as the two were roommates for the World Junior Championships in Finland back in 1998. Now, Corvo knows Mottau may be here to take his job.
“I’ve seen him over the years, too. I feel like I’ve known the guy my whole life, just because I’ve been at USA camps with him and stuff,” Corvo said. “I know what kind of guy he is. He’s awesome, awesome to have in the room. I’m excited to have him here. Maybe it creates a little competition within the D core to be sharper every night and to be accountable, so it’s good.”
Corvo has also been in the news recently for the headshot he took from Kyle Turris in Saturday’s meeting with the Senators. The lack of suspension surprised a lot of people, including Corvo, who went off after hearing the news.
‘That’s ridiculous,” he told reporters Monday. “I think if you look back at the game before [in Boston Jan. 31], I hit him clean in center ice. I made it a point not to get my elbow up in his face. But apparently he didn’t give me the same courtesy.
‘So, let’s just say I’ll be looking for him right off the bat.’
Added Corvo: ‘Two days of walking around, I’ve got a headache. Just because I didn’t lie on the ice and get carted off or miss a period ‘¦ I don’t know. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a cheap shot. In my opinion, I think he saw my numbers and he took the opportunity to seek revenge from the game prior.
‘Hopefully he’s a man and he’s going to step up tomorrow when I come after him. I’m not going to try and hurt him, I’m going to try to fight him.’
On Tuesday, Corvo did a little backpedaling, saying that he had “foot-in-mouth syndrome” when he reacted to the lack of suspension.
“It was just a situation where I said to much and maybe put my individual priorities over team priorities, but I haven’t seen the hit,” Corvo said.
The blueliner is feeling better after having headaches the last three days. He’ll be in the lineup vs. the Senators Tuesday, so look for him to make good on his words and find Turris.
|Greg Zanon won’t play for Bruins Tuesday night||02.28.12 at 12:17 pm ET|
Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s morning skate that he expects additions Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau to be in the lineup when the B’s take on the Senators Tuesday night. Greg Zanon just arrived in Boston and did not take part in the morning skate and will not play Tuesday.
Julien added that forward Shawn Thornton, who has been sick recently, is expected to be in the lineup. Thornton was present for Tuesday’s morning skate.
Rolston, who was acquired with Mottau from the Islanders Monday, centered Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron in the morning skate.
Julien said he was “really happy with the moves, which provide the B’s with depth for the stretch run.
“Depth doesn’t mean they don’t belong in our lineup,” Julien said, “it means we have a lot more options now.”
|Bruins recall Max Sauve on emergency basis||02.28.12 at 10:28 am ET|
The Bruins recalled forward Max Sauve on an emergency basis Tuesday, and he will available for the team’s morning skate.
The B’s had recalled Sauve up Monday, but sent him down following the two trades the team had made. Both Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau are expected to be in Boston Tuesday, though Greg Zanon could be a little late, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.
|Peter Chiarelli: Greg Zanon a ‘warrior,’ Steven Kampfer lost swagger||02.27.12 at 6:15 pm ET|
Here are a few quick highlights of Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli‘s press conference to announce the team’s two trades on Monday:
On Greg Zanon:
“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.”
On Steve Kampfer:
“Steve, in his defense, he had kind of a tough ride this year. I think it happens — I don’t know if it’s a sophomore jinx — but it happens sometimes to players. When he came him, he had some swagger, and he gave us that little bit of puck-moving and skating that we were looking for at the time. For whatever reason, it wasn’t there this year. In defense of Steve, I mean, he may not have had the opportunity because we didn’t have the injuries that [would have given him] the opportunity to play.
On how he likes the team’s shot-blocking:
“I’m not dissatisfied with the shot-blocking. I think it’s something that’s very important for the system that we play. Right now, I think the Rangers are best shot-blocking team. ‘¦ You just see that they’re committed to block shots. We’ve always been committed to block shots. We play that zone defense, and when guys have to block shots, they have to get in the lanes. I’m not dissatisfied, but I also know that blocking shots, you get broken feet, so it’s back to the depth.”
On if the Bruins were close on any other trades:
“There was one deal that we had been working on for a good two weeks that didn’t come to fruition and he wasn’t dealt. You tend to focus in on a couple of the deals you felt you had the most traction on, the most attractive target. There was one deal like that and it didn’t happen.”
On whether Zanon will be in the Bruins’ lineup:
“We’re going to have eight defensemen with Johnny [Boychuk] healthy so there’s going to be two that are out, but we’ll figure that out over time. I don’t know who will be in to start, maybe the two guys we added won’t be in to start when Johnny’s healthy ‘ I’m not sure yet. We’ve had discussions with our coach leading up to this, that if we were to acquire should he play, we talked about these players prior to making the deal so it’s a work in progress.”
|Johnny Boychuk has concussion, Bruins not sure when Nathan Horton will return||02.27.12 at 6:02 pm ET|
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday at TD Garden that defenseman Johnny Boychuk has a mild concussion after taking a hard hit from Senators forward Chris Neil Saturday.
The Bruins added two defenseman at Monday’s trade deadline in Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau, and when Boychuk is healthy, the B’s will have eight blueliners.
As for Nathan Horton, who is still out with a concussion, Chiarelli said that he expects the forward back before the end of the regular season, but that he isn’t certain.
“I expect him back, but with these things, I don’t know,” he said.
Chiarelli said that he would have liked to add two forwards at the deadline, but that the deals weren’t there to be made.
|Breaking down Bruins’ additions of Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau, Brian Rolston||02.27.12 at 4:14 pm ET|
After what was looking like a very quiet trade deadline, the Bruins did indeed pull of a pair of trades, landing the likes of Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau and Brian Rolston. According to capgeek.com, the Bruins added $7.8 million against the salary cap with the three trades.
B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli is set to address the media at 5:00 p.m. here at TD Garden. Until then, here are some quick reactions to the two deals.
Zanon deal: Bruins trade defenseman Steve Kampfer to Wild for defenseman Greg Zanon
Reaction: At face value, the Bruins traded a defenseman who couldn’t crack the top six for a defenseman who should end up on the second pairing with Dennis Seidenberg.
Zanon, 31, is in the last year of his contract and carries a $2.1 million cap hit. The 5-foot-11, 202-pound veteran averaged 18:37 of ice time in Minnesota this season, and last year he was second in the league with 212 blocked shots. That makes him a solid pickup, especially if he can fit well with Seidenberg for the rest of the season before Claude Julien presumably reunites the Seidenberg-Zdeno Chara super pairing.
Of course, if Zanon ends up playing on Seidenberg’s pairing, that would mean that Joe Corvo has lost his spot in the Bruins’ lineup (at least once Johnny Boychuk is back in the lineup). That’s the assumption at this point, as it seemed all along that one of the Bruins’ biggest needs at the deadline was an upgrade at Corvo’s spot. Corvo, a free agent at season’s end, has been prone to bad turnovers and has not produced as much offensively as he has in seasons past with other clubs.
One stat with Zanon that sticks out: He has just 27 shots on goal in 39 games this season. By comparison, Adam McQuaid has the lowest total amongst Bruins’ regulars with 39. He’s played six more games than Zanon, but he’s also average about three less minutes per game.
As far as the compensation goes, consider this scribe somewhat surprised to see Kampfer go. The 22-year-old blue liner had been up for stretches at a time over the last two seasons. He showed promise with his speed and skills in the offensive zone, but he never got enough consecutive games this season to look quite as comfortable as he did when he was first called up by the Bruins last season.
The good news for Kampfer is that he’ll get a break from life as a seventh defenseman and actually play in Minnesota.
Mottau/Rolston deal: Bruins trade AHL defenseman Marc Cantin and forward Yannick Riendeau to Islanders for defenseman Mike Mottau and forward Brian Rolston
Chiarelli brought a couple of players back to Boston, as Mottau played his college hockey at Boston College, while Rolston played five seasons for the Bruins after being acquired in the Ray Bourque deal.
Mottau was recently activated off injured reserve by the Islanders, as he was out from Dec. 29 until Sunday with a concussion. In 29 games this season, the 31-year-old has two assists and a minus-10 rating. He should be an extra guy on the Bruins’ lineup.
As for Rolston, he becomes the Bruins’ lone pickup to address their injury-bitten offense. With both Nathan Horton (concussion) and Rich Peverley (knee) out, the 39-year-old Rolston is by no means a replacement for either, though he can handle minutes on the Bruins’ third line for the time being. He also brings a good veteran presence. From his days with the Bruins (2000-2004), only Patrice Bergeron remains on the roster.
As NESN’s Douglas Flynn notes, Rolston’s $5.0625 million cap hit actually makes him the Bruins’ highest-paid forward, and second-highest player behind Chara ($6.9 million).
This trade lands the B’s a couple of veterans whose impact will be limited, but given the cost, it was a deal worth making. Neither Cantin nor Riendeau figure to make much of an impact at the NHL level.