Steve Montador dealt to Chicago
Darcy’s still dealing, apparently.
Just hours after the Sabres acquired the rights to pending UFA Christian Ehrhoff, Buffalo dealt defenseman Steve Montador to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Buffalo receives a conditional seventh round pick in either 2012 or 2013 in the deal, as explained here:
The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired the rights to defenseman Steve Montador from theBuffalo Sabres in exchange for the conditional seventh-round pick which Chicago will receive from Florida as part of the Tomas Kopecky trade…
…In exchange for Kopecky, the Blackhawks were due to receive the Panthers’ seventh-round selection in the 2012 Entry Draft, presently conditional to Nashville. If that pick is not available, Florida will transfer its own seventh-round selection in the 2013 Entry Draft.
Montador was signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2009. In two seasons, the defenseman scored ten goals and added 39 assists in 151 games as a Sabre. A physical presence on the blueline, he racked up 158 penalty minutes in his time in Buffalo.
Possibly the biggest goal Montador scored in the blue-and-gold was a second period goal against Boston in Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Putting the Sabres up 2-0 at TD Garden, with Buffalo at the time down 2-1 in the series, the goal was answered by two Bruins goals in the third period before Miroslav Satan ended the game in double-overtime.
This season, Montador had an assist on Tyler Ennis’ game winner in Game 5 against Philadelphia, his last point in a Sabres uniform. He was scratched for the Game 7 loss to the Flyers.
Should the Blackhawks not come to terms with the rearguard, he will be hitting the open market on Friday.