The San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers) of the AHL signed two veteran NHL players this week, and both made their AHL season debut in a 4-3 Rampage win over the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton Oilers) on Saturday. Forward Jon Sim and defenseman Mike Mottau both join a roster of Panthers prospects that currently sits last in the South Division.
Sim spent the past two seasons playing in Europe, but before that played almost 500 games in the NHL for the New York Islanders, Atlanta Thrashers, Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars. He scored 75 goals and recorded 139 points. He has also played for four AHL teams during his career, and was the MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game as a member of the Utah Grizzlies. He won a Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2005.
Mottau spent last season with the Boston Bruins and the Islanders, appearing in 35 games. The former Boston College standout has also seen time with the New Jersey Devils, Calgary Flames and New York Rangers. He has scored seven goals and 58 points in just over 300 games in the NHL, but has 279 points in seven seasons of AHL time.
Jon Rheault leads the Rampage with seven goals and 19 points. Young defense prospects Alex Petrovic and Colby Robak should benefit from Mottau’s veteran presence on the blue line.
Sim and Mottau join Mike Commodore as the three most recent NHL veterans to sign with an AHL team. Commodore has appeared in four games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens) since signing with them in November.