The Anaheim Ducks announced on Friday that they have signed former Florida Panthers defenseman, Steve Montador, to a one-year contract thought to be worth $800-900k.
The 28-year-old, 6'0", 211-pound defenseman had a career year last year in Florida, appearing in 73 games and scoring eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points. Montador also recorded 73 penalty minutes.
Last season Montador set career highs for goals, assists, points, power-play goals (2), and shots (96).
Montador saw action with the Calgary Flames in 2004, when the Flames made a run at the Stanley Cup. He would see action in all seven games against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 2005, Florida acquired Montador and Dustin Johner in exchange for Kristian Huselius.
Montador was involved in Right to Play with Andrew Ference, and went to Tanzania to support it. A one hour documentary about Right To Play aired on the NHL Network and TSN last year.
The signing finalized, it seems imminent that Mathieu Schneider will now be moved, with the Ducks gaining a talented blueliner at a bargain price.
Montador won't just help the team, but possibly the community, as seen through his giving nature with Right to Play. I look forward to seeing Montador in a Ducks jersey next year, without a doubt.
Original Article and Image: Courtesy of the Anaheim Ducks website.
Ken Armer is a Senior Ducks Writer and a Community Leader for the NHL and Anaheim Ducks. You can contact him on his profile of via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org