The Rangers today dealt Mike Mottau to the
Calgary Flames for an undisclosed, conditional draft pick. The
former Hobey Baker's unsatisfying career with the Rangers organization had
long been a source of speculation over his future with the team.
Mottau would have begun a free agent this summer, and with the Rangers
defensive corps starting to return to health the writing appeared on the
An eighth round draft pick (182nd overall)
in 1997, Mottau finished out his career with Boston College before holding
out for a contract with the Rangers. The young defenseman made his
NHL that same year, playing in eighteen games across two stints with New
York, and registering three assists.
Mottau made just one brief appearance last
season as a 7th defenseman after performing well in Hartford, but looked
nervous and out of synch. His performance in this year's training
camp was not enough to protect his job and when a knee injury followed by
some indifferent play put an end to a promising start the time appeared
right for him to move on.
Based on past experience, the deal will
probably not return anything to New York unless Mottau some how breaks
into the Calgary Flames line-up.