Thursday, June 30, 2011

Montador Signs in Chicago

After acquiring his rights on Wednesday night, Thursday afternoon saw the official signing of Steve Montador by the Chicago Blackhawks. Montador reportedly signed a 4-year deal, worth $11 million, which works out to be a $2.75 million cap hit per season.  Montador was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday afternoon and with the Sabres acquiring defensemen that are arguably better, Montador easily became expendable, which led to getting a draft pick in return for his rights.

Arguably, Montador is a reasonable offensive defenseman, who probably doesn't put up enough points to be a true player of the sort, but his numbers are never really terrible to take him out of the argument. In 2011, Montador finished with 5 goals and 21 assists in 73 games with the Sabres, which was good enough for 61st among defensemen in scoring, which isn't great, but still pool worthy.

Jonathan ToewsBrent SeabrookCorey Crawford
Patrick KaneDuncan Keith
Patrick SharpSteve Montador
Marian HossaNiklas Hjalmarsson
Brian BickellJohn Scott
Dave Bolland
Rostislav Olesz

Salary CapAdding Montador to the roster moves the Blackhawks up the ranks in the projected cap hit standings, as they now stand 11th, according to my roster layouts, with 13 players signed on (seven forwards, five defense and a goalie) for $49.6 million, leaving them about $14.7 million for eight to ten players.

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