Nice article in Newsday on Mike Mottau

By Gary Harding


A great article by Isles beat writer Katie Strang in Newsday on the progress of Mike Mottau.  The former Ranger and Devil had his season cut short with a puck to his eye at a game in Atlanta, along with hip surgery to boot.  As most of the defensemen on this Islander team, this player had significant injuries to downplay his season.

From the sounds of the article, Mottau may not get his entire range of sight back, and may have to wear a tinted shield due to eye being always dilated, but he is optimistic about not only continuing his career, but being back next season, to personally witness the continued maturation of this Islander club.

Nice to hear some positive news at the end of the season.

Tonight – it is the Bruins at the Gahden.  Ricky should be in nets, with family in the stands.  Another ‘test’ for #39.  Would be great to see him step up.  His young D-corps plus Martinek, have done a nice job in front of the netminders, giving them a chance for see pucks, and make saves.

Frans Nielsen and Milan Jurcina’s seasons are done.  Both players had decent seasons.  Jurcina, when healthy, gave the D some much needed size, and the team had a winning record with him in the lineup.  We all know Nielsen’s season.  7 shorties which is the most in the NHL, and a legitimate chance to receive some serious votes for the Selke trophy.  He is defintely one of the top 5 underrated players in the NHL.

Look for PA to get his 20, and JT to work on getting close to 30.  And for Grabby – a great finish for the hopeful Rookie of the Year.

Then – get ready for the war in Uniondale on Friday.  Ricky – dress in street clothes.  We dont want Mr. Johnson to see you….