Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Islanders Extend Montoya's Stay

The New York Islanders have announced on Tuesday afternoon that they have re-signed goaltender Al Montoya to a new 1-year contract extension, which is also a one-way deal, which means he'll get the security of being paid his full amount (which wasn't disclosed), whether he plays with the Islanders or their farm team.  This is usually a sign that he is an appreciated member of the team and should find a place on the squad next season.

Since being acquired by the Islanders in early February, Montoya has appeared in their crease 17 times and amassed a record of 8-4-4 with 1 shutout and 1 assist, giving him 19 points in pool scoring this year.  Against the rest of the league, Montoya ranks 404th in scoring, 53rd among all goalies, which is pretty good considering he wasn't active until February.

Currently, the Islanders have Rick DiPietro, Kevin Poulin and Mikko Koskinen also signed to deals for next season and they also have the possibility of invoking the clause that will carry over Evgeni Nabokov's 1-year deal, which he signed in Detroit, claimed by the Islanders through European waiver rules and wasn't honoured by reporting by Nabokov.  Of course, I would think that if the Islanders do invoke that clause, it will be to find a deal with another NHL club and get something for him, not to actually see him play.  Nevertheless, the crease will be a busy one come training camp, but right now, I would say DiPietro and Montoya now lead the way in forward thinking.

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