Rob Scuderi wasn't the only former Eagles blueliner on the move on Friday.
The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with former Boston College defenseman Mike Mottau, according to an announcement from Executive VP & General Manager Dale Tallon. The deal is a one-year, two way contract, meaning that Mottau will likely start with the Panthers' AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage.
Mottau is a bit of an NHL journeyman, having played for five different organizations over a career that has spanned 313 games. After being drafted by the New York Rangers in the seventh round (182nd overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, the Quincy, Massachusetts native has had stints with the New York Rangers (2000-2002), Calgary Flames (2002-2003), New Jersey Devils (2007-2010), New York Islanders (2010-2012) and Boston Bruins (2011-12).
With the lockout nixing his chances at inking an NHL deal, Mottau didn't see the ice in 2012-13 but did play in 34 AHL games between San Antonio Rampage and Toronto Marlies. Mottau has 58 points -- 7-51-58 -- in his career to go with two goals and two assists in 19 postseason games with New Jersey and Boston.
A four-year letterwinner at BC, Mottau is one of the two players to have won the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's top college hockey player in 2000. The Eagles senior captain was a two-time Walter Brown Award winner as the top American-born player in New England.
Best of luck to Mottau down in Florida.
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