Looking to improve depth and add long sought-after grit to the blue line mix, the Blackhawks acquired veteran utility defenseman Steve Montador over the summer.
Stan Bowman traded for Montador on June 29th and signed him less than 24 hours later.
Acquired prior to free agency from Buffalo for the seventh-round pick Bowman received from the Panthers in exchange for Tomas Kopecky’s negotiating rights, Montador inked a deal with Chicago sixteen hours before he was set to hit the open market.
Chicago will mark the defenseman’s sixth team in the last seven seasons.
Set to earn a whopping $4.6 million this season, Montador is the league’s 28th highest-paid defenseman next to Calgary’s Mark Giordano. Since his contract is frontloaded, Montador’s cap hit over the next four years sits at a more manageable $2.75M.