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Reports are Mottau spent the night in an Atlanta hospital for observations and would travel back to New York where doctors would evaluate his injury.
added 10:28am, via Katie Strang tweet,
Mottau is receiving eye drops and will meet with another specialist this morning; will remain in ATL “for now” I’m told
From the New York Islanders:
The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms on a two year contract with defenseman Mike Mottau.
Mottau, 32, spent the last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Last season, the Quincy, MA, native scored a career high 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) and a +4 plus-minus rating in 79 games with New Jersey.
“Mike is a solid puck-moving defenseman who will bring more experience to our blueline,” said General Manager Garth Snow.
It was only a matter of time before Mike Mottau found a home, but the injury to Mark Streit obviously created an opening the Islanders needed to address.
Good for Mike and good for the Islanders.
Add Andy Strickland to the list of those surprised to see defenseman Mike Mottau still unsigned.
Look I know this summer hasn’t been a good market for D-men but can someone explain why former Devils defenseman Mike Mottau is still sitting at home without a contract?
This is a topic New Jersey players were discussing amongst themselves inside the Devils dressing room just the other day…It won’t be long before a team either suffers an injury on the back end or realizes a young player they were hoping to give the job to just isn’t quite ready.
The bottom line is Mottau will play NHL hockey somewhere this season.
We wrote about this last week in the same sort of light, but Stickland hits on some finer points.
Read the full post on Mike Mottau at Strickland’s site TrueHockey.com.
Though Lou Lamoriello still has his work cut out to get the New Jersey Devils under the $59.4-million salary cap, one area with a little flexibility might be the blueline.
While no GM would want to give up a player like Bryce Salvador, rumored by many to be one of those moved for salary relief, knowing that an insurance policy like Mike Mottau is waiting could help ease the blow.
On Friday, Lamoriello wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a return for the former Hobey Baker-winning Boston College alum.
Devils in the Details is a daily round-up of links to all things Devils-related throughout the season.
• Tom Gulitti discusses the flexibility tryouts Marcus Nilsson and Adam Mair would give the Devils should they need to deal a forward to get under the salary cap.
• More on Mair from John Fischer at In Lou We Trust, who takes an in-depth, by-the-numbers look at the gritty Sabres forward. The numbers don’t look good.
• Lou Lamoriello likes the look of his team thus far. Mark Everson agrees and calls the defense the best since Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer left.
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Two games for Mottau. Laughable…
The Islanders, on the other hand, prefaced their comments with the poetry of “I know Mike Mottau and Mike Mottau is not a dirty player…” Please. As Don La Greca said so eloquently on our radio show, “What a bunch of garbage. He is now”!
Would you ever hear Arbour say that? Would you ever hear the Red Wings, Devils or Bob Gainey’s Canadiens testify for the character of a player who ran down one of their players? What NHL team would have gone away as quietly as the Islanders did last night? I’m the first to admit I’ve never fully grasped the enforcer concept, but I can also tell you I never saw what I saw in the final ten minutes in New Jersey last night.
added 7:16pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,
Devils defenseman Mike Mottau received two games from the NHL for his elbow to the head of Islanders center Frans Nielsen Friday night at the Prudential Center. Nielsen received 8-12 weeks on the injured list—a span of up to 36 games—from Mottau’s reckless action.
The uneven hand of NHL justice strikes again.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Islanders captain Bill Guerin called for Devils defenseman Mike Mottau to be suspended for his high hit on Frans Neilsen 3:22 into the third period of the Devils’ 5-2 victory over the Islanders tonight.
Neilson injured his right knee on the play and the Islanders are also worried that he has a head injury.
Guerin compared it to a hit that the Islanders Thomas Pock had on Ottawa’s Ryan Shannon earlier this season. Pock received a five-game suspension for that one.
“Mike Mottau’s not a dirty player, but that was a dirty hit,” Guerin said.
Given the league’s recent statement that it would like to cut back on hits to the head, it would not be surprising if Mottau received some supplementary discipline.
added 3:10pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils defenseman Mike Mottau was suspended for two games by the NHL today for his hit on the Islanders Frans Neilsen in the third period of Friday night’s game.