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Jets agree to terms with Al Montoya

Wednesday, 04.07.2012 / 4:58 PM / News Articles
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content

Al Montoya
Al Montoya
Goalie - WPG
RECORD: 9-11-5
GAA: 3.10 | SVP: 0.893
The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with goaltender Al Montoya on a new contract. As per club policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Montoya, 27, played in 31 games with the New York Islanders during the 2011-12 season. In that time, the Chicago, IL native earned a 9-11-5 record, 3.11 goals against average and 0.893 save percentage. He has played in 57 career NHL games, between the Islanders and Coyotes, for a 21-17-10 career record, 2.76 goals against average and 0.906 save percentage. Montoya was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2004 NHL Draft.

"I’m excited to be a part of such a hockey community,” Montoya said during a conference call Wednesday afternoon. “I’m just really excited about the opportunity, the way this team is being built and the chance to play in one of the coolest buildings.

"I’m a guy that looks forward to winning and wants to win and help contribute to the team as much as possible and I look forward to doing the same in Winnipeg."

Jets' GM Kevin Cheveldayoff spoke to media soon after the announcement of the acquisition of Montoya and expressed what he, goaltending coach Wade Flaherty, and the rest of his management group liked about the 27-year old goaltender.

"We sat down and looked at the different opportunities that were out there for goaltenders,” said Cheveldayoff. “As we went through the do diligence process, Wade Flaherty was very involved. He personally interviewed many different candidates to talk about our situation playing under Ondrej Pavelec as well as their own individual situations.

"Ultimately we made the choice to go in the direction with Al because we felt that as a 27-year old goaltender there is a good opportunity to work with Wade and continue to grow his game and become a good asset for us moving forward."

Montoya told media that he too, had other options presented once the calendar page flipped to July 1st, but said the decision was a 'no-brainer' when Winnipeg presented their offer. Playing in Canada was more than appealing for the Chicago product.

"Anytime you step foot in Canada for hockey it’s a different world I’ve always thought," he said. "I’ve played in Winnipeg, even in the minors, and you just notice the hockey community. It’s such a great buzz and such a great feel to play in that building.

“You look at Winnipeg, it’s a young team committed to winning and what they did last year, they took such great strides. Then you add a new guy like Olli Jokinen, and it shows the direction the team wants to head in, it’s all positive. You have Ondrej Pavelec who is a phenomenal young goalie and just anywhere that I can contribute and help the team I’m looking forward to doing."

Montoya will join the Winnipeg Jets as Pavelec's sidekick earning his starts just as any goaltender should. He expressed nothing but satisfaction to be able to play any amount of games and will be ready when he's called upon.

"To me it doesn’t matter," said Montoya on the number of starts he'll get. "Whenever Ondrej can’t play for whatever the reason is, if it's 20-30 games, less or more, for me it’s about being ready to win. Being in Long Island, you never knew when it was going to be your night or when you had to jump in so it’s about being ready all the time and contribute.

"I’m here as a backup to work as hard as I can when I am called upon to go in the net and contribute and help this team move forward- into the playoffs."

Cheveldayoff doesn't have a number of games in mind- no one does. He just wanted a backup who would work hard night in and night out and continue to grow and succeed within the organization.

"The opportunity to have another younger type of goaltender who will earn starts and continue to earn starts, is an exciting thing," said Chevy. "Hopefully the two of them can mesh together and create a good tandem that we can continue to give a strong load to Pav' but also a good load to Al."

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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
B. Wheeler 82 28 41 4 69
B. Little 82 23 41 8 64
D. Byfuglien 78 20 36 -20 56
A. Ladd 78 23 31 8 54
O. Jokinen 82 18 25 -8 43
M. Frolik 81 15 27 8 42
E. Kane 63 19 22 -7 41
M. Scheifele 63 13 21 9 34
T. Enstrom 82 10 20 -9 30
J. Trouba 65 10 19 4 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Montoya 13 8 3 .920 2.30
O. Pavelec 22 26 7 .901 3.01