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Former Boston Bruin and current NHL Network analyst Mark Recchi joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zo on Tuesday to discuss the Bruins’ trade deadline deals.
Peter Chiarelli pulled off a pair of moves on Monday, acquiring forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau from the Islanders and defenseman Greg Zanon from the Wild. All three will give the Bruins added depth at very important positions, and Recchi applauds his former GM for a job well done.
“I like what (Chiarelli) did. Number one, the defenseman Zanon is a great, great solid defensive defenseman. He’s a Boston Bruins type player and he’s going to fit the mold great,” said Recchi.
“Mottau is a great depth guy to have; he has some experience in the NHL,” he said. “He’ll be a great depth guy for the organization. You need depth when you get to the playoffs, especially in the back-end.”
“Rolston, I hope this is a great opportunity for him. It’s probably nearing the end for him, but this could really energize a player and give him an opportunity to get out there and play with some great players,” said Recchi.
Last season, Chiarelli added Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and Tomas Kaberle for the stretch run, with Kelly and Peverley playing major roles in the Bruins Stanley Cup Championship.
While Kelly and Peverley were not big-name acquisitions, it did not take long for them to fit into the B’s system.
“About a week; not long at all,” Recchi said with a chuckle. “Good guys fit in quickly, and that’s exactly what they did… When you get good guys and good people, it doesn’t take long for them to fit in and they buy in right away. They know they’re coming into a team that is very successful, a strong dressing room. They’re going to come in and try to fit.”
Listen to the full interview, including Recchi’s thoughts on other deadline deals and the play of David Krejci!