Winnipeg Jets Sign Arturs Kulda, Place Al Montoya on Injured Reserve

Eric McKelvieSenior Writer IMarch 19, 2013

WINNIPEG, CANADA - NOVEMBER 29: Arturs Kulda #44 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the Ottawa Senators at the MTS Centre on November 29, 2011 in Winnipeg, Canada. The Senators defeated the Jets 6-4.
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The Winnipeg Jets made a couple of roster moves Monday, signing defenseman Arturs Kulda and placing goaltender Al Montoya on injured reserve, according to 

While these may not be groundbreaking moves, perhaps the signing of Kulda means the Jets will look to move at least one blueliner by the trade deadline on April 3. 

Kulda is signed for the remainder of the season and will earn a pro-rated $550,000, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

The 25-year-old Latvian has spent this season playing with Novosibirsk of the KHL. In 50 games he recorded nine goals and six assists for 15 points and racked up 55 penalty minutes. 

Kulda has appeared in 15 NHL games with the Thrashers and Jets since being selected in the seventh round, 200th overall, by the Thrashers in the 2006 entry draft. He has spent the majority of his professional career in the AHL, with the Chicago Wolves and St. John’s IceCaps.   

At 6'2" 215 pounds, Kulda will add a little more size and strength to an already big blue line. 

With the signing, the Jets now have 10 defensemen under contract, although Zach Redmond is out indefinitely. 

As for Montoya, the 28-year-old goaltender has a lower-body injury and has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Wednesday. 

Montoya has appeared in five games this season and started in four. He has three wins, a save percentage of .909, a GAA of 2.33 and one shutout.

There was a brief period of time where it seemed Montoya could get a few more starts, as Ondrej Pavelec struggled. However, Pavelec has since returned to form and appears poised to lead the Jets through the remainder of the season.