The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with goaltender Al Montoya on Wednesday. The team did not announce any terms, but ESPN.com reports that it's a one-year deal worth $601,000.
Montoya played in 31 games with the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season, going 9-11-5 with a 3.11 goals-against average and a save percentage of .893. He missed much of the second half of the season due to a concussion suffered when he was run over by Winnipeg forward Evander Kane in a game in mid-December.
The 27-year-old Chicago native was taken by the New York Rangers with the sixth pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. He has played in 57 career games with the Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes, posting a 21-17-10 career record, a 2.76 goals-against average and a save percentage of .906.
Montoya figures to back up Ondrej Pavelec, who signed a five-year, $19.5 million contract with the Jets last week.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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