The trade deadline has come and gone and the Boston Bruins did nothing until the last two minutes before the bell. Lots of specualtion about who and what they would get or what they wanted but from all media sources, you knew there wasn’t going to be much dealing. First of all, there was not a lot of quality players in Providence that they could dangle and get quality back. Also, if they were going to go after some hig ranking player, what player or players on the Varsity roaster would they be willing to give up? Simply not much.
The Bruins did acquire forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders for minor leaguers Marc Cantin & Yannick Riendeau. Who? See what I mean. Mottau, from Quincy, MA and Boston College is a 33 year old Journeyman defenseman who has only played 20 games after suffering a concussion in December. Rolston is 38 and will begin his second stint with the Bruins and brings experience and another stabilizing figure in the lockerroom.
Boston is pretty happy with their nucleus and don’t feel they have to disturb much from the team that won The Cup back in June. With that said, last years team marched through the playoffs with many of their players injured. Totally different scenario right now as Nathan Horton remains on the sidelines, Rich Peverly is not due back likely until the playoffs, and Ottawa’s Chris Neal put defenseman Johnny Boychuk in a “fog”. This is not the way you want to head to the home stretch of the season in a tough battle to remain solidly in the number two position in the East with Tuesday’s opponent, The Senators hot on their trail.
One last transaction by the Bruins was the acquisition of so-called shot blocker extraordinaire, Greg Zanon from the Minnesota Wild for Defenseman Steven Kampfer. Kampfer has been up and down for the past two seasons and really never looked to pan out to much more than a spare part. The 31 year old Zanon looks to be a solid stay at home d-man that is pretty durable averaging 79 games the last five years, three with Nashville.
The next 22 games will show us a lot and what Boston fans are looking for is consistency heading into the playoffs. Coming off a 3-2-1 record on the just concluded road trip, the Bruins haven’t won back-to-back games in more than a month and a half but look to correct that with their end of the home and home with Ottawa Tuesday, the start of a three-game homestand.