Montoya's last four seasons as a back up.
2014 WPG: 28 games. .920sv% and 2.30GAA
2015 FLO: 20 games. .892sv% and 3.01 GAA
2016 FLO: 25 games. .919sv% and 2.18 GAA
2017 MTL: 19 games. .912sv% and 2.67GAA
4 games this year. So going with vet over young guy trying to find way. https://t.co/hmKxNUi6Rq
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) January 5, 2018
Montoya is 32-years old with four games played and a .863 save percentage this season, though he hasn’t played a game since November 4th due to a concussion. He had a .912 save percentage in 19 games last year. Montoya has a $1.1 million cap hit and is signed through next season.
The draft pick is a fifth-round pick unless Montoya plays seven games or more for Edmonton, according to Pierre LeBrun.
Goaltending has not been strong for the Oilers this season. Edmonton’s 28th in the league in save percentage. Cam Talbot hasn’t been the same as previous years, going from a .919 save percentage last season to a .903. Laurent Brossoit has had mixed results. He’s 3-7-1, saving .896 of the shots faced. Montoya’s arrival might mean the end of Brossoit’s time in Edmonton.
The Canadiens claimed Antti Niemi off waivers in November, and have Charlie Lindgren in the minors. Montoya was getting ready to come off the injured reserve, so they had a logjam in net.
Al Montoya has been on IR with a concssion.
He has been cleared and has been practising.
Oilers get veteran back-up.
Laurent Brossoit (as per John Shannon) to get some work in Bakersfield https://t.co/Gsq430ufu4
— Bob Stauffer (@Bob_Stauffer) January 5, 2018
The Oilers play back-to-back games against Dallas and Chicago this weekend and it would be reasonable to expect that Montoya will see some action soon.
Source: Edmonton Oilers, Official Website, 1/4/2017, 9:12pm MST