The Buffalo Sabres addressed a huge need by signing free agent Defenseman Steve Montador to a two-year contract. The signing is being reported as a two-year $3.1 million contract which is reasonable for a player that will fill a huge need for the Sabres.
Montador is a player that is not afraid to get dirty in the corners and plays a physical style of hockey. He will provide some toughness along with Craig Rivet on the Sabres blue line. He is a decent skater and like Rivet he can contribute some in the offensive zone.
He will probably play on the Sabres bottom pairing as a number five defenseman and he should flourish in that role.
The Sabres and GM Darcy Regier have stated that they need to get tougher and this move proves that they are serious.
#23 / Defenseman / Boston Bruins
Dec 21, 1979
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Montador played for both Anaheim and Boston last season and plays a physical style on the blue line. His stats are pretty impressive for a guy that will figure to be a 4-6 defenseman.
I'll have much more on this signing tonight as well as a full day one free agency recap. Stay tuned to Die by the Blade for more Sabres news throughout the day.