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Ducks Ink Steve Montador to One-Year Deal

The former Florida Panthers defenseman agrees to a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks

Friday, 07.11.2008 / 4:41 PM / News
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Ducks Ink Steve Montador to One-Year Deal
After a career-best season with Florida in 2007-08, 28-year-old defenseman Steve Montador signed a one-year contract with the Ducks on Friday.

The Anaheim Ducks announced on Friday that they have signed defenseman Steve Montador to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

Montador, 28 (12/21/79), appeared in 73 games for the Florida Panthers in 2007-08, scoring 8-15=23 points with a +1 rating and 73 penalty minutes (PIM). He set career highs in most offensive categories last season, including goals, assists, points, power play goals (2) and shots (96).

Originally signed by Calgary as a free agent on Apr. 10, 2000, Montador was acquired from Florida with Dustin Johner in exchange for Kristian Huselius on Dec. 2, 2005. He has played in 290 career NHL games between the Flames and Panthers, collecting 14-33=47 points with 461 PIM.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Montador appeared in 20 of the Flames’ 26 playoff games during their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2004. The 6-0, 211-pound defenseman, who played in all seven Stanley Cup Final games against Tampa Bay, scored 1-2=3 points with a +4 rating and six PIM during the 2004 postseason.

Montador spoke to reporters via conference call on Friday afternoon. Following is a transcript:

On how the deal got done with the Ducks,
When free agency started, Brian (Burke) gave my agent a call and expressed interest. Certainly, I was very keen on the opportunity to come to Anaheim. We took a couple of days to discuss things and Brian didn't pressure too much of a deadline until a day and a half ago. When we really sat back and thought about it, I just thought that Anaheim was the best place for me based on the team that's already set there, the opportunity for winning and the history that Anaheim has. The reputation that they've started for themselves is something that I'm very keen on and super excited to be a part of.

On what he brings to the Ducks,
Certainly there are a number of great defensemen that are already on the team, but what I know that I can contribute and want to contribute is a solid defensive game, making good first passes, playing an agressive style in the defensive zone and being able to chip in offensively when I get the opportunity because I know that I have some skills that can help out that way too. Whichever role that they see me in and we discuss is something that I want to be a part of. I'm looking forward to it.

On his increased offensive numbers in 2007-08,
I think it was in part getting better as a player myself and getting more of an opportunity. There was an opportunity to go back to Florida. I chose not to because I thought the opportunity for me as a player, for minutes played and the role that they discussed with me, was more apparent and of interest to me to come to the Ducks. I think that I grew a lot as a player last year. I think I grew a lot of over the last few years, but expressed that at least on the scoreboard as a player last year. I feel I'm continuing to get better as I get older.

On coming back to the Western Conference,
I was born in Vancouver, but I grew up in Toronto. I love the West Coast. I love California. I've spent a little bit of time over the past few years there. I know a few players on the team. I'm just absolutely thrilled to be a part of it.

On knowing any of the current Ducks from previous teams,
The only player that I've played with is Rob Niedermayer in Calgary, but I've gotten to know Brad May quite well. I think it all started with a fight we had a few years ago. We hooked up together for a number of charity events and what not during the lockout. I've even spoke with Brad already. He's given me an idea of how things work.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48
 


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