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Report: Leafs plan on adding Mike Mottau

Jan 12, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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The first moves of the post-Brian Burke era in Toronto will … probably be easily forgotten.

OK, re-signing Cody Franson is noteworthy enough, but another likely transaction is quite minor.’s Joe Haggerty reports that Mike Mottau is expected to receive a one-year, two-way offer once the new CBA is in gear.

Mottau will probably fight for a depth roster spot, possibly settling in the AHL if things go poorly.

The 34-year-old defenseman played 29 games for the New York Islanders and six more for the Boston Bruins last season, earning two assists and a -11 rating in about 14 minutes per game.

Much like Kurtis Foster, one cannot expect him to be a big difference-maker. (If he is, then the Maple Leafs might have another rough season on their hands.) Considering the frightening eye injury Mottau recovered from, it would be a nice story if he made it back into the NHL mix, though.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    OK, Mottau is unlikely to inspire an overabundance of comments here, so I’ll use this space to remind all that today would have been the 83rd birthday of one of the great Leafs of all time, and legendary restaurant founder, Tim Horton.

  2. drewsylvania - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    The final piece!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Indeed, the only real question is if the Stanley Cup parade on Yonge Street will conflict with a Blue Jays game. LOL.

  3. ryanw822 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    I guess the leaves still want Bruins leftovers.

    If the Bruins were smart, they’d sign him tonight and offer up a trade to Toronto.

  4. ryanw822 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I guess the leaves still want Bruins leftovers.

  5. kellanmarr - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    Surprised no mention was made that Mottau has been playing in the AHL with San Antonio for the past month, leaving the team Saturday presumably to be able to sign with Toronto.

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