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We have a trade to announce: Boston acquires Rolston, Mottau from the Islanders

Feb 27, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

Brian Rolston AP

The Boston Bruins have added two veteran presences to the fold, acquiring Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders at the deadline. In exchange, Boston will sent minor-leaguers Yannik Riendeau (AHL Providence) and Marc Cantin (ECHL Reading) to New York.

Rolston will be headed back to Boston for his second tour of duty. He played four-and-a-half seasons as a Bruin prior to the lockout, scoring a league-high nine shorthanded goals in 2001-02. The 38-year-old veteran appeared in 49 games for the Islanders this season, registering 4G-5A-9PTS while averaging 14:10 of ice time per game.

Mottau, 33, has played in 29 games for the Islanders after missing nearly half the season with a concussion. Mottau only recently returned to the lineup after being knocked out of action on Dec. 29, missing 26 games all told.

In addition to veteran experience, the Bruins added quite a bit of salary with these two moves. Rolston’s in the final year of a deal that pays $5.06 million annually (amusingly, he’s now actually Boston’s highest-paid forward) while Mottau comes relatively cheaply at $800,000.

  1. danphipps01 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Not exactly adding a lot of scoring, are they? Should hopefully help on the back end, though.

  2. xxshookonexx - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Nothing but veteran depth

  3. lucicfan603 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Not a lot of scoring threat with these guys but should give us some solid defense

  4. spizzjr - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Islander fans rejoice

  5. drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Helps the depth, so I’m for it.

  6. tommyelay - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    Bruins better hire some carpenters to repair the end boards from Rolston’s wildly inaccurate shot.

    • drewsylvania - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      They’ve already been reinforced a few times thanks to having Seidenberg for two seasons.

  7. back2backbees - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    not to mention the former blue liner, approprietly named, WIDEman…that he was and often

  8. neelyisgod - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Who needs offense when you can win 1-0 with Timmy in net. I like this deal. Didn’t give up anything but just added salary when the room was there. Veteran leadership in the locker room. Just wish that they brought in John Scott too

  9. 4cupsinarow - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    Snow makes a trade ALL Islanders fans should love… Thank God!
    I don’t know how much depth the B’s really picked up but they definitely got a lot slower. I’ve seen sloths that move quicker then Rolston and Motteau( probably pass and shoot better too) Motteau had a great assist the other day in OTT… It’s a shame it was to a Sens player though… Lol
    Would have loved to see Garth pull off a few more… Namely Eaton, Staios, Jurcina, Reasoner, Pandolpho, and Montoya( which are all actually better then Rolston and Motteau) beggers can’t be choosers though.
    Now I’m praying Snow will get PA and Nabby signed.

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