BOSTON (CBS) – After it appeared the trade deadline would come and go without the Bruins making a peep, they acquired three players before the 3 p.m. deadline.
Boston acquired forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders in exchange for Yannick Riedau and Marc Catin. A few minutes later, they sent defenseman Steven Kampfer to the Minnesota Wild for blue-liner Greg Zanon.
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Rolston played four-plus seasons for the Bruins from 2000-2004, registering 101 goals and 135 assists in 338 games. He scored 31 goals for the B’s back in 2001-02, tied for the second-highest total of his career. The forward spent three seasons in Minnesota and three seasons in New Jersey before signing with the Islanders this season.
In 49 games with New York, the 39-year-old Rolston had just four goals and five assists.
Mottau, born in Quincy, won the Hobey Baker Award with Boston College in 2000. He was drafted by the New York Rangers in 1997, making his NHL debut during the 2000-01 season. The 33-year-old has 307 NHL games under his belt with the Rangers, Flames, Devils and Islanders, registering seven goals and 51 assists.
This season, Mottau had two assists and has a minus-10 rating in 29 games for New York.
Zanon, a six-year veteran, was second in the NHL with 212 blocked shots last season.
“It was an ability to help our depth and improve us now,” said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli regarding the Zanon-for-Kampfer swap. “Steve will be an NHL player. We just wanetd a more [NHL-ready player] and we wanted some veteran presence too on our depth.”
Chiarelli said leading up to the deadline he wanted to add more depth without disrupting the team’s chemistry. Both trades address the team’s current needs without giving up much in return.
All three players acquired Monday will be free agents after the season.
To make roster space for the newly acquired players, the Bruins assigned Andrew Bodnarchuk, Carter Camper, and Max Sauve to Providence.
Chiarelli also issued a non-update on injured forward Nathan Horton, saying his unknown status led to an increased need to add a player.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with Nathan,” Chiarelli said. “I expect him back, but with these things, I don’t know. Any time you have uncertain injuries you automatically think, jeez, I gotta get deeper. And that’s what I tried to do.”
When asked if he didn’t make any blockbuster deals, Chiarelli’s answer was simple: “The deals just weren’t there. Simple as that.”