Montador Signs With Sabres

Melissa KaniaContributor IJuly 1, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 10: Steve Montador #23 of the Boston Bruins heads toward the net against the Carolina Hurricances during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 10, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Apparently, Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier has changed his mind.

Regier, who had previously said that the Sabres would be acquiring new players through trade only, has signed defenseman Steve Montador on the first day of free agency.

The deal is reported to be for 2 years, $1.55 million/year.

Montador, who spent last year with the Anaheim Ducks before being traded to the Bruins, is a gritty defensemen who finished last season with four goals and 17 assists, a plus-17 rating and 143 penalty minutes in 78 games.

The 6-foot, 211-pound defenseman could fill one of several empty spots on the Sabres blue line this year, as both Jaroslav Spacek and Teppo Numminen are free agents.

However, Numminen has yet to announce whether or not he will be returning to the NHL at all for the upcoming season.