As we approach the 70 mark of this lockout we have to wonder what is going to happen to the little guys? By little I don’t mean height or size wise, I mean the fourth line or extra guys. Guys like former Bruin Mike Mottau.
At the beginning of the season the hope for the Massachusetts native was that he would be re-signed by the club as an extra defenseman, now he’s not so sure. He spends his days practicing at different colleges with guys like Daniel Paille, Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton, a few of the players that remain in Boston.
Like all of us he’s waiting for a new CBA to be established so he can plan out what he will do for the rest of the year. His hope is to get the season back and be signed with a team, unfortunately, the future of a season looks grim. While Mottau has had offers to play overseas in Europe, he would have to stay for the full season and with kids aged seven and under, that’s a BIG commitment.
He’s made $3.1 million over the last four years before agent fees, taxes and other overhead costs and he’s invested wisely.
The fact that remains is simply, what happens next? Where do guys like him go from here. As it has been mentioned if there isn’t a season enforcer Shawn Thornton could be done. This is his last year on his contract and without playing it’s really hard to make the decision to further your career when circumstances like this occur.
For now, we sit and play the waiting game, like we have finished many articles over the past sixty-something days. the NHL and NHLPA are scheduled to meet tomorrow morning at 10AM, fingers crossed something comes of it. We don’t want to wind up extinct like Twinkies, that would be truly horrific. (Too soon?)