Canadiens sign goaltender Al Montoya to two-year contract extension

Canadiens sign goaltender Al Montoya to two-year contract extension

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Al Montoya stops a shot by St. Louis Blues center Robby Fabbri in the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Louis on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Canadiens have signed goaltender Montoya to a two-year contract extension.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP.

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Al Montoya to a two-year contract extension.

The deal is reportedly carries an annual average value of US$1.065 million, a modest increase from the $950,000 he will make this season.

The six-foot-two, 209-pound native of Chicago has a 4-4-2 record with one shutout, a 2.74 goals-against average and .909 save percentage backing up Carey Price this season.

Montoya, 31, has a 59-44-20 record in 147 career regular-season games with Arizona the New York Islanders, Winnipeg and Florida.

He was selected in the first round, sixth overall by the New York Rangers at the 2004 NHL draft. He first joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1.

The deal gives the Canadiens two goaltenders under contract in advance of the 2017 expansion draft, meaning they can protect Price and expose Montoya for selection by the incoming Vegas Golden Knights.

The Canadian Press

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