Montour signed a one-year, $3.85 million contract with the Sabres on Saturday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Montour was a restricted free agent, and he's taking a bridge deal to become an unrestricted free agent after the coming season. The 26-year-old doesn't light up the stat sheet, but he consistently logs top-four minutes against some of the opponents' best players. He reached his career high in points back in the 2017-18 season, when he notched 32 points with the Ducks, but he hasn't surpassed 25 points in a season since then. Montour shouldn't be on most fantasy radars at this time.
Montour produced a helper in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
The 25-year-old defenseman has recorded five points in his last five games after a lengthy slump. Montour has 18 points, 82 shots, 56 hits, 47 blocked shots and a plus-17 rating in 49 appearances. He's one of the Sabres' more reliable defenders, but that typically comes at the expense of his offense.
Montour scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to Ottawa, adding an assist to finish with three points.
The Sabres' top-pairing defenseman scored the first two goals of Tuesday's game before adding an assist on Kyle Okposo's seventh goal of the campaign, scored in the second period. Entering play, Montour had been held without a point in seven straight games (eight if you count the one game before his lower-body injury). Following his first multi-point outing of 2019-20, Montour has 16 points on the season, in 45 games played.
Montour (lower body) is expected to play Tuesday versus the Avalanche, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Montour missed Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets despite taking warmups, and he was able to practice Monday as well. The 25-year-old will re-enter the lineup and could have a heightened role because Rasmus Dahlin (upper body) will sit out.
Montour (lower body) will sit out of Saturday's game versus the Blue Jackets.
Montour took warmups and was expected to play, but he'll watch from the press box while Lawrence Pilut slots in. The 25-year-old Montour has produced 13 points through 37 games, and he'll aim to get back in the lineup Tuesday versus Colorado.
Montour scored to snap his point drought during Saturday's loss to Vancouver.
Montour had gone 11 games without finding the scoresheet. The goal was his first since Nov. 21 -- a span of 22 games. At just 11 points in 31 appearances, Montour has struggled in Buffalo. Perhaps the goal will ignite a little more offense in him going forward. However, it might be best to see some results before taking a gamble on him.
Montour's point drought is up to 10 games.
Montour hasn't been getting many opportunities on the power play, as he has just one point with the man advantage. He had six power-play points last year and 12 back in 2017-18. This leaves him with 10 points generated this season, compared to the 35 he posted in 2018-19. Until he sees consistent time on the power play, his fantasy value won't be anywhere close to where it was a year ago.
Montour posted a power-play assist in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Flames.
Montour dished to Jack Eichel for the tally, which produced the final score as the Sabres' rally fell short. Montour is heating up, with an assist in four straight games. The blueliner has eight points in 15 contests after missing the first month of the campaign due to a hand injury. He posted 35 points in 82 games between the Sabres and Ducks last season -- he's capable of providing decent offense from the blue line.
Montour scored his first goal of the season while adding six shots, two hits and two PIM to his ledger in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Wild.
He was in the right place at the right time to ruin Alex Stalock's shutout bid, banging home the rebound on a Jack Eichel shot with less than four minutes remaining in regulation. After missing the first 14 games with a hand injury, Montour has quickly regained his form with two points, 20 shots, nine hits and a plus-3 rating in seven contests.
Montour registered an assist in Saturday's loss to Tampa.
Montour played in just his third game for the Sabres this season. He picked up his first point of the year by setting up the opening goal of the game. The Sabres don't play again until Nov. 14 as they make their way back from Sweden. Upon returning they'll play four games in six nights, giving Montour plenty of opportunities to get fully back up to speed.
Montour (hand) will suit up versus the Islanders on Saturday.
Montour will make his 2019-20 season debut after suffering a hand injury in the preseason. The Ontario native averaged 21:46 of ice time last year -- including 1:23 with the man advantage -- and should see a similar workload this season, though the emergence of Rasmus Dahlin could limit Montour's power-play opportunities.
Montour (hand) will not play in Friday's contest against the Capitals, but the team remains optimistic he will slot back in Saturday when the Sabres host the Islanders, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Montour will be reevaluated Saturday morning, at which point the team may disclose his availability for the second game of the weekend's back-to-back set. John Gilmour will draw in for the Sabres on Friday, but his offensive upside remains a far cry from what Montour can deliver.
Montour (hand) will travel with the team for Friday's game against the Capitals, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Montour dealt with an MCL sprain during the offseason and suffered a hand injury in the preseason, but his season debut appears imminent. It's a positive sign that he'll travel with the group, and it's even more intriguing that he worked on a pairing with Rasmus Dahlin during Wednesday's practice. The 25-year-old blueliner posted 10 points in 20 NHL games last year, and he could be worth keeping an eye on for fantasy purposes if he sticks with Dahlin.
Montour (hand) won't play in Monday's game against the Coyotes but is close to returning, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
It appears Montour could get back in the lineup by Friday's road game against the Capitals. The Sabres could desperately use his defensive upside, as Montour posted a 54.7 Corsi For percentage last year, and the team has posted a 48.0 mark to this point this season.
Montour (hand) still resides on injured reserve, but had his status upgraded to day-to-day by the team Sunday.
Montour was slated to miss three weeks from Oct. 9 with the hand injury, and as evidenced by this news, he seems to be nearing a return. He still resides on IR so he'll have to be activated for an official return, but the blueliner could play Monday against Arizona. Once cleared, it's unclear who Montour will bump out of the blue-line rotation.
Montour (hand) is progressing but won't return to practice this week, George Richards of The Athletic reports.
Montour is at least a week from returning to the lineup, and it looks like he may have to wait until Nov. 1 to get back into the fold. Once he's healthy, it's unsettled who Montour will bump out of the blue-line rotation.
Montour (hand) is expected to miss three more weeks, Lance Lyskowski of The Buffalo News reports.
The Sabres are off to a strong start at 2-0-1, but they still have a few questions on defense and could use Montour back for the long haul, as he's a versatile blueliner that should fill out the top four nicely. It sounds like they'll have to wait awhile for his first appearance of the season.
Montour is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks due to a hand injury.
This news suggests Montour will miss the first 10 games of the 2019-20 campaign at a minimum. Once healthy, the 25-year-old blueliner should return to a middle-pairing role and a spot on the Sabres' second power-play unit.
Montour (hand) will remain sidelined for a few more weeks, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
Montour missed the entire preseason for the Sabres, and won't be making an immediate return. He's had a rough go lately, having suffered injuries to his MCL and hand during the offseason. Buffalo has defensive depth, so there's no need to rush his season debut. He'll be placed on injured reserve until he's ready to return.
Montour will miss the rest of Buffalo's preseason schedule due to a hand injury.
The Sabres have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for Montour's recovery aside from the fact that he'll be sidelined through Sept. 28 at a minimum. At this point it looks like he's in serious jeopardy of missing the team's Oct. 3 regular-season opener against Pittsburgh. Additional details regarding his status should surface prior to that contest.
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