Boston, MA –
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Steve Montador from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Petteri Nokelainen.
The 29-year-old Montador skated in 65 games this season for Anaheim, compiling four goals and a career-high 16 assists. The 6-foot, 211-pound Vancouver, BC, Canada native was signed as a free agent by the Ducks on July 11, 2008.
Before joining the Ducks, Montador played two-plus seasons for the Florida Panthers from 2005-2008 and three-plus seasons for the Calgary Flames from 2001-2005. A veteran of 355 career games played in the NHL, he has registered 18 goals and 49 assists. Montador has also appeared in 20 postseason contests- all during the 2003-2004 postseason -- and was a member of the Calgary Flames club that was defeated in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2003-2004.
Montador will be reunited with former teammates and current Bruins Andrew Ference
, Chuck Kobasew and Stephane Yelle, who all played together with the Calgary Flames. In July of 2007, Montador and Ference traveled on a trip to Tanzania to benefit the Right To Play charitable organization. They visited schools and orphanages while serving as inspirational Right To Play participants and role models for the children in Right To Play programs.
In 33 NHL games this season, Nokelainen compiled a 0-3-3 line and has eight goals and seven assists in 105 career games. Nokelainen skated in 57 regular season games for Boston in 2007-2008 and tallied seven goals and three assists in addition to contributing 3-5-8 totals in eight regular season games for Providence.
Nokelainen, an Imatra, Finland, native, was originally drafted by the New York Islanders with the 16th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Bruins on September 11, 2007, in exchange for Ben Walter and a conditional 2009 draft pick.
Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference in Legends at TD Banknorth Garden at 4:30 p.m. ET today, March 4, to discuss this transaction and today’s NHL Trade Deadline (Legends is located on level three at TD Banknorth Garden on the West End of the building).