Contrary to many teams on this deadline day in the NHL, the Boston Bruins have made numerous moves to bring veteran leaders to town. And, by veteran, I mean ages 30 and up — it’s a pretty exclusive club.
Boston made deals with the New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild to bring in defensemen Greg Zanon and Mike Mottau, and forward Brian Rolston (former Bruin). In return, New York received prospects Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin, while Minnesota acquired another prospect, Steve Kampfer.
Zanon and Mottau are important additions for a Bruins defense that has battled injuries as of late. The most pressing of those issues is the concussion that Johnny Boychuk is dealing with. He is listed as day-to-day currently.
The 31-year-old, Zanon, is the strongest candidate to pick up those minutes. In 39 games with the Islanders this year, he has posted six points, more than 100 blocked shots, and 77 hits, which makes his a gritty addition to the lineup.
Conversely, on offense, Rolston provides some scoring ability at age 39. He has nine points in 49 games, but should be somewhat familiar with Boston’s playing style. This is his final year in a four-year contract he originally signed in New Jersey.
Since going on the magical run through November and December, the Bruins have fallen back to mediocrity in the NHL — a 12-10-2 record since Jan 4th. They will look to change this course with the Monday deals.
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