Sorry for the delay in update and the crazy update schedule. I was in Arizona the last week or so. The weather was great, so happy to come home to the first real snow storm of the year. Well it is what it is.
Anyways, the deadline was Monday and I posted I wasn’t sure if the team would make a deal. Well, in between my taking off in Tucson and landing in San Fransisco the NHL’s trading deadline had come and gone. A HUGE thank you to my friends that post the sports updates on their Facebook wall. It was about two minutes from the plane being on the ground that I knew the Bruins had pulled the trigger, acquiring three guys. None named Rick Nash.
Here’s the short of it from ESPN Boston:
On Monday, the Bruins acquired forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Yannick Riendeau and defenseman Marc Cantin. They also acquired defenseman Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Steven Kampfer.
And now my completely uneducated take on each guy:
I was very sad to see him leave the Bruins when he did following the lock out season. I liked him. He went to Minnesota and had three straight 30 goal seasons. Ouch. Following three seasons in New Jersey (two injury shortened) he didn’t see the same success as Minnesota and was dealt to the Islanders. Didn’t have much better success there.
So now he comes back to Boston where the fan base expects the guys that was in Boston 10 years ago that put up 30 goals. I don’t think the team got that guy. I think he’s closer to the guy we’ve seen the last few seasons in New Jersey. Can still play, but can he be successful in Claude’s system? I certainly hope so at least until they can get Peverley or Horton back.
Local guy that won the Hobey Baker at BC but never really made it in the NHL. He didn’t crack the NHL until late in his career. Not a big point guy (wouldn’t expect much from a defenseman) but from the interviews with Claude before the game and stuff I’ve read, he should serviceable.
A good shot blocker. Well, that’s what everyone’s been saying. He too didn’t crack the NHL until late in his career and also doesn’t get a ton of points. I think both he and Mottau were depth moves. Rumor is that Kampfer was so far into Julien’s dog house he was never getting out so it makes sense to grab two stay at home defensemen.
Overall I’m not disappointed with the moves since they’re really just band aid moves. I mean the team needed a scorer to bridge them to when they get Peverley or Horton back (hopefully both). Having Rolston at that point will just be a luxury. The other two guys we can just hope play out like Chiarelli’s lesser move of Kelly and Peverley last year and pay huge dividends for the team. The didn’t last night in a shutout to Ottawa but I’m not counting the move as bad quite so fast. We’ll know more in the coming weeks.