- James Murphy, Bruins reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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BOSTON -- Brian Rolston wore the spoked B from 2000-2004 before signing with the Minnesota Wild after the NHL lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season. On Tuesday, as game time neared and he pulled the Bruins jersey on once again after being traded to Boston with Mike Mottau on Monday, Rolston admitted he was flooded with memories of his first stint in Boston and anxiety took over a bit.
“Your emotions, you’re thinking about all those things all day pretty much,” Rolston acknowledged after the Bruins’ 1-0 loss Tuesday night. “It almost kind of exhausts you at times. I’m glad it’s behind us now and we can move on and be a little more comfortable on the ice. You get a little nervous, especially coming in, but I think [Mottau] and I both got that one behind us, and we’ll move on and be better next game.”
Make no mistake, Rolston is very excited to be back and appreciated the warm welcome from the fans when he stepped onto the TD Garden ice.
“It was great. I’m very happy to be here. Obviously I got a warm reception from the crowd, which means a lot to me,” Rolston said. “It was a lot of fun. And like I said, I got my legs under me a little bit. I hadn’t skated in a couple of days, so that’ll be good to get another practice in and start feeling more comfortable.”
Mottau, a Quincy, Mass., native, has said playing for the Bruins was a dream come true and he was happy to get his first game under his belt.
“It was a great feeling for me early on, going out there for warmups,” Mottau said. “Playing in the first game, it’s good to get the first game out of the way. Disappointing outcome, but we have practice tomorrow and a lot of games this coming month.”
Mottau is thrilled that those games will be meaningful and serve as a tuneup for what he, Rolston and the Bruins hope is a long playoff run.
“That’s the exciting part about being traded here,” Mottau said. “We kind of made a push on the Island and now the boys here are already in it. It’s a change of pace, but as a group we’re looking forward to it. I talked to [Rolston] quite a bit, and having the system in place, guys that have been here before and being part of this group is really exciting.”