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Mottau inks deal with Rangers

Updated: October 4, 2000, 10:51 AM ET
By Brian A. Shactman | ESPN.com

With Brian Leetch still hurting from a groin strain -- and questionable for the season opener on Saturday -- the Rangers bolstered their defensive depth by signing Mike Mottau, last year's Hobey Baker winner as the best U.S. college player.

Mottau reported late to training camp but has played solid in his few games with the big club. In last Sunday's preseason finale against the Islanders, Mottau played Leetch-like minutes when two defensemen received misconducts.

"Mike is excited ...

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