BOSTON, MA -- The B's lone local boy isn't looking to go elsewhere next season, but as of July 1, Avon's Mike Mottau knows that he might end up with a new professional address.
For obvious reasons, the former Boston College and Thayer Academy standout would like to remain in New England.
"It was good," said Mottau of his return to Boston in a Black & Gold jersey and playing in front of friends and family. "It took a while to get there, but I think you appreciate it more after a long time to get there and you want to hold onto it as long as possible."
Unfortunately, the B's early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs didn't afford the Mass.-native too much of an opportunity.
All told, the Quicy-born Mottau played just six regular season gams and two playoff games for Boston, but gave the B's needed depth on the blueline since he was acquired (with Brian Rolston) in a trade with the New York Islanders on February 27.
Boston's coaching staff appreciated the blueliner's contributions.
"Mike’s given us exactly what we’ve asked from him from day one," said B's Head Coach Claude Julien during first round. "He’s come in, been very reliable defenseman, [made] smart plays, a couple of times on the blue line he found the opening guy with shots to the side of the net that were either tipped [or] passed to the slot.
"He’s got a good vision of what’s out there and he makes some smart plays."
That was Mottau's reputation even before the former Eagle won college hockey's Hobey Baker award in 2000 and despite the slight playing time with his hometown team, the defenseman hopes to bring even more to the table should he be re-signed by Boston.
"You know as a player, as a competitor you want to be in the lineup and add value
while you’re in the lineup," said Mottau. "But for me just being available and ready was really important.
"It definitely tests your professionalism and gives you the opportunity to show that you
can do that as far as being ready when called upon."
But Mottau said he very much enjoyed his time with the Bruins and wants to continue to drive to work on I-95.
"I had a great experience actually," said Mottau. "The guys in the room are second to none, the room was very welcoming and on the ice I felt guys work with each other.
"When you have a good run, it does translate on the ice and that’s one of the things I saw here."
And fulfilling a life-long dream translated into a great experience for Mottau who remained happy just to have the opportunity to don the spoked-B.
"Growing up in the area and having the pride of wearing that jersey, I always took a couple of extra seconds before I put it on the games that I was in because it meant so much," said Mottau. "Yeah, I’d welcome that [again] and see where it takes us.
"Hopefully I did enough."