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Al Montoya signs with Jets (1 year, $601k)
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07-05-2012, 11:48 AM
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Mason was awful for each of the last two seasons. The fact that he was offered more money doesn't make him a better player.
Montoya had a .921 save percentage in 2010-11 and was rolling with a .917 save percentage last year before Evander Kane gave him brain damage. ...unless you think Montoya was propped up by an elite NYI defense, you can't really make a case that he is worse than Chris Mason.
I've probably watched every one of Montoya's games over the last two years. There is a reason why he's never broken into the NHL and there is a reason why we got him for $600,000. He's a borderline NHL goalie and he's brutally inconsistent. Game to game, period to period and shot to shot. He gets lost a lot out there, not even knowing where the puck is or who has it, and not battling hard enough to try and find it. He's not a very athletic goalie and he's not going to magically turn into one.
And I strongly disagree with your assertion that salary means nothing. It's a fact that multiple teams, professional hockey ops people, competed to acquire Mason's services. There is no evidence whatsoever that any other team competed with the Jets to sign Montoya.
If you think Mason was bad, I dont think you'll be too happy if Montoya makes the Jets. We know for a fact Chevaldayoff and Poile think Mason is a better backup than Montoya.
I don't mean to be ragging on the guy here, it's best for all of us if he turns into a reliable NHL'er. He's just not a guy I am unfamiliar with and I don't see him being a long term full time NHL player.
I get what the Jets did here and I don't mind the move. Low risk, stop gap and the salary is so low he can go to the Ice Caps if something better presents itself.
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