Coincidentally enough yesterday I posted a blog discussing Al Montoya’s statistical success this season, and today the New York Islanders signed him to a one-year extension. Am I saying I had an influence…maybe?
Montoya was due to be a free agent this summer and based on his performance to finish off this season he would have been a hot commodity on the open market.
The deal is only for a single year, but this may be a precursor of things to come next season when the Islanders can get a longer look at Montoya and see if they want to make this their long term plan.
One of the parts of this signing that I find most interesting is that it seems as though the Islanders may be acknowledging that Rick DiPietro is not the goalie of the future for this team. I think Montoya is going to go into next season as the number one goalie, with DP backing him up.
Montoya was one of the two most important players I thought the Islanders needed to sign this offseason, along with Michael Grabner, and it is great that they have already locked one of those two up before the season is even over.
Judging from the initial reaction on Twitter every single Islanders fan is jumping for joy about this resigning.