BOSTON – The defending Stanley Cup-champion Boston Bruins acquired forward Brian Rolston and defenseman Mike Mottau from the New York Islanders at the trade deadline on Monday without giving up anyone from their NHL roster.

Both players have experience in the city. Rolston played for the Bruins from 1999-2004, and Mottau went to Boston College.

Rolston had been put on waivers, and he cleared Monday before the trade. Mottau was activated from the injured list on Sunday after missing 26 games with a concussion.

The Bruins sent two prospects to New York: Yannick Riendeau and Marc Cantin. They will both be assigned to Bridgeport of the American Hockey League.

The Bruins also sent defenseman Steve Kampfer to the Minnesota Wild for defenseman Greg Zanon. To make space on the roster for the new acquisitions, the Bruins assigned Andrew Bodnarchuk, Carter Camper, and Max Sauve to Providence of the AHL.


THE NASHVILLE Predators and Vancouver Canucks added reinforcements for a playoff run, while Rick Nash’s wish for a deal didn’t come to fruition.

Having won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history a year ago, the Predators are looking to take the next step – and beyond – by beefing up the offense with left wing Andrei Kostitsyn and two-way forward Paul Gaustad.

The Canucks, sitting atop the NHL standings with 19 games left in the regular season, fine-tuned their roster with three deals that added four players: checking-line center Samuel Pahlsson, rookie forward Zack Kassian, defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani and forward Andrew Gordon.

But the player expected to be the big catch of the day went nowhere. Nash, captain of the league-worst Columbus Blue Jackets, requested a trade last month, according to GM Scott Howson. Howson said there were “significant discussions,” but no deal was struck.

“The price was high,” Howson said. “And I don’t apologize for that.”

Nash’s non-trade was emblematic of a relative tranquil deadline day. There were 16 deals.

In other trades:

The San Jose Sharks received left wing T.J. Galiardi, left wing Daniel Winnik and a 2013 seventh-round pick from the Colorado Avalanche for left wing Jamie McGinn, center Mike Sgarbossa and left wing Mike Connolly.

The Ducks acquired right wing Dale Mitchell from the Toronto Maple Leafs for defenseman Mark Fraser.

The Tampa Bay Lightning traded defenseman Matt Gilroy to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Brian Lee and sent right wing Carter Ashton to the Maple Leafs for defenseman Keith Aulie. The Lightning also got defenseman Mike Commodore from the Detroit Red Wings for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2013.

The Edmonton Oilers sent defenseman Tom Gilbert to the Wild for defenseman Nick Schultz.

The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets for picks in the second and third rounds of the 2013 draft.

Chicago also shipped defenseman John Scott to the New York Rangers for a 2012 fifth-round pick.