BROSSARD – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year contract (2016-17) with free agent goaltender Al Montoya.
Montoya, 31, appeared in 25 games with the Florida Panthers in 2015-16. He amassed a 12-7-3 record in 22 starts. The 6'02’’ and 203 lbs goaltender maintained a 2.18 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.
Since making his NHL debut with Phoenix in 2008-09, Montoya has participated in 136 regular season games. He has compiled a 2.59 goals against average and a .909 save percentage, along with five shutouts in 110 starts. He played for Phoenix, the New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets and Florida.
A product of the CCHA’s University of Michigan Wolverines, Montoya displayed a 60-17-6 record with three shutouts, a 2.42 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. He helped the Wolverines to win the CCHA Championship in 2003 and 2005. On the international stage, Montoya suited up for Team USA at the 2004 (gold medal) and 2005 World Junior Championships, as well as at the World Championship in 2009 and 2011.
A native of Chicago, Montoya was selected in the first round, sixth overall by the New York Rangers at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.