February 27, 2012

Bruins reel in Rolston, Mottau and Zanon at deadline

By Jesse Connolly

The Bruins have acquired left winger Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau (Avon, Mass.) from the New York Islanders. 

Rolston had nine points in 49 games for the Isles and was recently waived. He was part of the Ray Bourque deal in 2000 and spent four-plus seasons in Boston, scoring 101 goals during his tenure.

Mottau (pictured right), who won the Hobey Baker Award during his days at Boston College, is a veteran of 307 NHL games. He had two assists in 29 tilts for the Isles this season.

Rolston, who just turned 39, technically becomes the B's highest-paid forward. He clocks in at a cap hit of $5.06 million and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Mottau, 33, carries a cap hit of $800,000 and will also become a UFA this summer.

Going the other way in the deal were prospects Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin. Riendeau spent a good chunk of time with Boston's ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals, before coming back up to Providence and playing well.

Cantin, meanwhile, had six points in 16 contests for the Royals. He had zero points and was minus-7 in 19 games for the P-Bruins.

B's acquire Zanon from Wild

Immediately following the deal with the Islanders, Boston acquired shot-blocker extraordinaire Greg Zanon, a defenseman from the Minnesota Wild.

Zanon, 31, is a veteran of 432 NHL games. He ranks second on the Wild with 107 blocked shots. The British Columbia native has gone to the playoffs twice in his career. Both trips were first-round exits with the Predators. The 5-foot-11 rearguard had four hits and four blocked shots in a 2-0 win over the B's on Feb. 19.

In exchange, the Bruins sent defenseman Steve Kampfer to Minnesota. The young d-man was recently sent down to Providence in order to get playing time. Kampfer earned a ring for his efforts last season, though he didn't have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

In 48 NHL games, the Michigan native has five goals and seven assists.

Check back later for GM Peter Chiarelli's thoughts. The GM is set to talk to the media at 5 o'clock at TD Garden.