Breaking News: Buffalo Sabres Sign Defenseman Steve Montador

Brandon K.Correspondent IJuly 1, 2009

BOSTON - MAY 01:  Steve Monatador #23 of the Boston Bruins passes the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes during Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 1, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Hurricanes 4-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Steve Montador.

Montador, 30, had 21 points (4G, 17A) in 78 games this season for the Anaheim Ducks and then Boston Bruins, who acquired the D-man at the trade deadline.

This will be Montador's fifth different NHL team in 10 seasons.

Jesse Connolly of HockeyBuzz.com reports the deal is in the range of two years, at $1.55 million per season.

At 6-foot, 210 pounds, Montador adds size to the Sabres' blueline. He also adds much needed toughness, as he recorded 143 penalty minutes last season.

The signing immediately brings up a few questions. Jaroslav Spacek, Sabres free agent defenseman, will likely receive big offers from teams looking for a veteran offensive-defenseman. Spacek had 45 points for the Sabres last season.

This also means that Darcy Regier is likely to pass on former Sabre and veteran defenseman Jay McKee.


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