The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Steve Montador (MAWN-tuh-dor) on a four-year contract.
Montador, 31, registered a career-high 21 assists and 26 points (5G, 21A) and paced the Buffalo Sabres with a career-best +16 plus/minus rating in 73 regular-season games during the 2010-11 campaign. The blueliner led the club with 136 blocked shots and paced team defensemen with 86 penalty minutes while collecting one assist in six Stanley Cup Playoffs contests.
The Vancouver native, who was originally acquired by the Blackhawks on June 29 from Buffalo, has recorded 28 goals, 89 assists and 762 penalty minutes in 519 regular-season tilts over parts of nine NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames (2001-06), Florida Panthers (2005-08), Anaheim Ducks (2008-09), Boston Bruins (2009) and Sabres (2009-11). He has tallied eight points, a +11 rating and 36 penalty minutes in 43 career Stanley Cup Playoffs games, including a run to the 2004 Stanley Cup Final with Calgary.