Bruins forward Mike Mottau called Monday's trade to the B's "a dream come true."
The Avon, Mass., native was part of the four-player trade that also landed former Islanders teammate Brian Rolston in Boston, and it returned Mottau to the where he grew up and played his college hockey at Boston College.
"Growing up a Bruins fans, and following the team throughout my whole professional career, finally getting a chance to put on the sweater was really special this morning, even just to go out for morning skate," Mottau said after Tuesday's morning skate.
Mottau followed last year's playoffs and watched the Bruins as they won their first title in 39 years. He's friends with Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo, so the trade returns him to his home without the tough adjustment to a new team.
"Even playing with the Islanders last year, I was home for the Cup run. Watching the...
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Nearly 24 hours after learning of the decision by Jason Varitek to retire rather than return under a minor league invite to Red Sox camp, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine on Tuesday recalled one of Varitek's epic moments that endeared him to Red Sox fans forever. In praising Varitek, Valentine recalled the catcher's fight with New York's Alex Rodriguez on July 24, 2004, when Rodriguez shouted out toward Bronson Arroyo and Varitek popped out in front of the plate. Rodriguez got in Varitek's face after the Red Sox catcher had words with the third baseman and a fight ensued.
"From afar, he was everything that you want in a guy that wore a 'C' to be," Valentine began. "He was a man's man. He was a big hitter when needed. He was a leader of a pitching staff. He was able to beat up Alex. All that stuff was good stuff. He was exactly what he was supposed to be."
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Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday's morning skate that he expects additions Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau to be in the lineup when the B's take on the Senators Tuesday night. Greg Zanon just arrived in Boston and did not take part in the morning skate and will not play Tuesday.
Julien added that forward Shawn Thornton, who has been sick recently, is expected to be in the lineup. Thornton was present for Tuesday's morning skate.
Rolston, who was acquired with Mottau from the Islanders Monday, centered Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron in the morning skate.
Julien said he was "really happy with the moves, which provide the B's with depth for the stretch run.
"Depth doesn't mean they don't belong in our lineup," Julien said, "it means we have a lot more options now."
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Dustin Pedroia was a guest of Dennis & Callahan at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers on Tuesday morning. The second baseman was asked for his thoughts on Josh Beckett's comments to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford regarding "snitches" in the Red Sox clubhouse last September.
Beckett told Bradford "somebody made stuff up, just like somebody made up that we were doing stuff … This is stupid. I don't understand what the big deal is. Somebody was trying to save their own ass, and it probably cost a lot of people their asses. The snitching [expletive], that's [expletive]. It's not good."
"I've thought about this and talked about it before," Pedroia told Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday. "What Josh said, I'm 100 percent with him. Whatever goes on in our clubhouse, that stays in there. It's...
Just when it appeared the Jets were ready to move on from all the controversy of the past two months, linebacker Bart Scott reportedly has been given permission to seek a trade after the 31-year-old became frustrated with his diminishing role in the team's defense.
When we last heard from Scott, who has three years left on a $48 million deal, he was giving the middle finger to a reporter in the Jets locker room on departure day in January. That followed a season in which Scott was routinely taken off the field on third down and played fewer snaps than his first two seasons in New York since coming over from the Ravens to be reunited with Rex Ryan.
Now, Scott's agent reportedly told the team that it was "destroying him" to be given a lesser role on the squad.
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