Montoya has signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with Montreal. Montoya will find a seat on the end of the bench and get to watch the best goalie in the business do his work. But seriously -- Montoya is a solid back-up who should give the Habs a decent safety net for Carey Price. Don't expect him to play more than 20-25 games, but he should well-protected behind a D anchored by the great Shea Weber.
Montoya allowed three goals on 23 shots in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Senators. Montoya will likely finish the season with a 12-7-3 record, as he was one of the leagues top backup netminders this season. The Panthers didn't have to worry about much drop off when sitting Roberto Luongo. Montoya heads into the offseason with a strong case to be re-signed by the Panthers or picked up by another squad that is in need for a solid backup.
Montoya will tend the twine for Thursday's matchup with the Senators, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Montoya has been the one of the top backups this season, despite only seeing 18 games this season, as he has logged a 12-6-3 record with a 2.13 GAA. On a slow day, you may want to give the 31-year-old a look for your netminder, however with a large slate of games Thursday, there are plenty of starters available to choose from.
Montoya stopped 23 of 26 shots in Monday's 4-3 win over the Maple Leafs. Montoya appeared to be cruising to an easy win up 3-0 through the first two frames, but Toronto was able to claw back to make it a contest. The 31-year-old has won three of his last four starts, but Roberto Luongo figures to get the bulk of the starts as the Panthers head toward the postseason.
Montoya is slated to start Monday's road game against the Maple Leafs, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. With Montoya on track to start Monday's game against the Leafs -- who have dropped their last two games -- look for Roberto Luongo -- who backstopped Saturday's 4-3 home win over Montreal -- to return to the Florida net Tuesday night against the Habs, this time in Montreal.
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