BOSTON — The defending Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins acquired forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders at the trade deadline on Monday without giving up anyone from their NHL roster.
Both players have experience in the city. Rolston played for the Bruins from 1999-2004, and Mottau went to Boston College.
Rolston had been put on waivers, and he cleared Monday before the trade. Mottau was activated from the injured list on Sunday after missing 26 games with a concussion.
The Bruins sent two prospects to New York: Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin. They will both be assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.
The Bruins also sent defenseman Steve Kampfer to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Greg Zanon. To make space on the roster for the new acquisitions, the Bruins assigned Andrew Bodnarchuk, Carter Camper, and Max Sauve to Providence of the AHL.
Rolston, 39, has played in 1,235 NHL games, including 338 for the Bruins from 1999-2004. In his career, he has 339 goals and 407 assists, having his best season in ’05-06 with the Wild when he had 34 goals and 45 assists — both career highs.
Rolston, who won the Stanley Cup in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils, has scored 20 or more goals in a season seven times. This year, he has four goals and five assists in 49 games.
Mottau, 33, is a native of suburban Quincy who played in 29 games for the Islanders this season with two assists. He has played for four teams in his career, with seven goals and 51 assists. A seventh-round draft pick in 1997 by the New York Rangers, Mottau played for Boston College from 1996-2000 and won the 2000 Hobey Baker Award as the top player in college hockey.
Zanon has played in 432 games for Minnesota and Nashville, with totals of 11 goals and 43 assists. Last year, he ranked second overall in the NHL with 212 blocked shots. Kampfer has five goals and five assists in 48 NHL games; he has appeared in 10 games for the Bruins this year.