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Bruins add three reinforcements for stretch run

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  February 27, 2012 05:38 PM

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Prior to today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, the Bruins added Greg Zanon, Brian Rolston, and Mike Mottau. They did so without giving up any current roster players.

In return for Zanon, the Bruins shipped out Steven Kampfer. The Islanders received low-level prospects Marc Cantin and Yannick Riendeau for Rolston and Mottau.

“We were satisfied with what we accomplished,” said GM Peter Chiarelli. “I probably made, in the last three or four days, the most phone calls to other GMs I’ve ever made in that time leading up to the deadline. Overall, it was a long day. I’m satisfied as to the depth we’ve added and the veteran presence.”

The primary piece is Zanon, a left-shot, defense-first defenseman. Zanon has some elements of Dennis Seidenberg to his game. Zanon will be a physical presence and a good fit for Claude Julien’s system. Zanon will most likely not be available for tomorrow’s game against Ottawa.

Rolston, the former Bruin, will be a bottom-six forward who can move higher in the lineup if necessary. Rolston has missed time this season because of a concussion.

“He hasn’t a great year, but I feel he’s a motivated player,” Chiarelli said. “Terrific shot. Still can really skate. He’ll add to our depth and our versatility. He’ll move up and down our lineup.”

Mottau will be in tomorrow’s lineup. The left-shot defenseman is somewhat comparable to Andrew Ference – a D-man who uses smarts and hockey sense to compensate for size. The Avon native and Boston College graduate will be the No. 6 defenseman tomorrow.

“Good head on his shoulders. Good mobility,” Chiarelli said. “I find he keeps a nice gap for someone of his size, which is hard to do.”

* Johnny Boychuk has been diagnosed with a concussion. Boychuk is out tomorrow and will most likely miss the rest of the week.

* Chiarelli said he received zero offers that made even him consider trading Dougie Hamilton.


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