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 Toews||Brent Seabrook||Corey Crawford|
|Patrick Kane||Duncan Keith|
|Patrick Sharp||Steve Montador|
|Marian Hossa||Niklas Hjalmarsson|
|Brian Bickell||John Scott|
Adding 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.