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Canadiens sign Al Montoya to a two-year extension

The 31-year-old goaltender has a 4-4-2 record and a 2.74 goals-against average in 11 appearances so far this season

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl /


MONTREAL -- Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Monday a two-year contract extension for goaltender Al Montoya (2017-18 and 2018-19). 

In 11 games with the Canadiens in 2016-17, Montoya has a 4-4-2 record, with one shutout. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound goaltender boasts a 2.74 goals-against average, and has stopped 290 of the 319 shots he has faced for a .909 save percentage.

"We're pleased with his work so far, and at 31 years old, he's still young," said Bergevin during a press conference on Monday. "For us, in terms of the salary cap, the amount was right. He's a good teammate, and he's performed well. We're happy."

Montoya, 31, holds a 59-44-20 record in 147 career regular-season games, along with a 2.61 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and six shutouts. He has suited up for the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers since making his NHL debut in 2008-09.

"I'm just happy to be back. We have a good group here, with a chance to do something special, and I just wanted to be a part of it," shared Montoya following practice. "This is probably the best organization I've ever been a part of. In terms of the way we're treated here, you couldn't ask for better, so for me it was simple; I get to play hockey and enjoy myself. It makes the job easier on the players."

A native of Chicago, Montoya was selected in the first round, sixth overall by the New York Rangers at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He first joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1, 2016.

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