He's actually played pretty well in spurts - hopefully he can pick his game up to his A level enough that he can cover off 15-25 games for Pavs. I also hope he realizes that this is an opportunity to show what he can do - might be enough impetus to get him to stand on his head.
Decent signing given the slim market - props to Chevy.
Agree with the above posters - the first meet and greet in the dressing room between Kane and Montoya should be interesting.
I don't hate it but Montoya isn't what I like in a backup. I would rather have a veteran player who doesn't have hot or cold streaks and can just play a steady reliable game.
Montoya looks good some nights, awful some nights and even streaks from period to period some times... You just don't know what you are getting.
The Jets were probably the only team to offer him a one way contract. He still might be in the AHL this season if a better tender shows up on waivers, which is bound to happen in September. He's a good option to have in the mean time if no upgrade opportunity presents itself.
What's the story on Montoya? I remember him being a touted prospect (or maybe that was just from being drafted high), then he kind of fizzled, or failed to develop, and I lost track of him.
He played on a good college team and a strong US world junior team so he was probably never as good as some people expected. He never turned into an NHL caliber goalie until the Islanders picked him up from the Coyotes (he was playing for their farm team) two years ago. He went on a bit of a tear for the Isles as they finished that season strong. Last year he split time with Nabokov and eventually lost the job after he got flattened by some punk named Kane.
So yeah, drafted about two rounds higher than he should have been and has been a tweener for his whole pro career but had a hot streak of a couple months with the Isles in 2010-11. Other than that he's played like an AHL'er and don't be shocked if he's on the Ice caps at some point.