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Too bad it is goalie Al Montoya...
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
And it was abundantly clear that Pavelec doesn’t agree with what is being proposed.
“I don’t know, come on. How many times are they going to change the rules? I don’t think it’s that fair,” said Pavelec. “If you take something away from the goalies, you have to take something away from the players too. Ok, so we’re going to get small gear, we (should) give players wood sticks.
“There’s nothing I can do but I don’t like it, that’s for sure.”
Jets backup Al Montoya thinks Pavelec is on to something.
“I would be a fan of that. The way the puck comes in these days is pretty crazy,” said Montoya. “They want to see goals, which is understandable. But you’ve got to protect the goalie. There’s a lot of money invested in this position for every GM is going to want to make sure their goalie is safe, first and foremost.”
Instead, Clark Macarthur wins it in OT for the Leafs.
With rookie camp beginning September 10th and full team practices beginning on September 17th, TII looks at five questions for the Islanders heading into training camp.
1. What will happen with the Josh Bailey contract negotiations?
Bailey and the Isles really need to come to an agreement before training camp begins or it could start getting ugly. Owner Charles Wang will stick to his strategy that no player will be on the team during the season if they are not signed before training camp. One sticking point in contract negotiations may be the length of the deal. The Islanders have a lot of good centers on their team and have a lot of good center prospects in their system. While Bailey is still very young at 21, he needs to begin producing in line with being the 9th overall draft pick or the Isles may be forced to go in a different direction. There has been a lot of trade speculation about Bailey and I think the Isles may still be looking to add a veteran defenseman before the season starts. If the Isles are committed to Bailey, they need to sign him in the very near future or things could get ugly. I think the team and Bailey will come to an agreement soon, but it is not as much of a guarantee as once thought.
The three candidates to start this season:
Rick DiPietro-Last season was an injury shortened season for DiPietro and when he did play he put up very bloated stats with an .886 save percentage and a 3.44 goals against. DiPietro is by no means the anointed starter for the Islanders-putting aside his huge long-term contract. DiPietro better look out because if he is outperformed in camp by both Montoya and Nabokov, I think there is a strong possibility that he won’t even be on the team to start the season. The Islanders need to do what’s best for the team here and if they have two better goalies who are performing, they don’t need to keep DiPietro in the NHL just because of his 15 year, $67.5 million contract.
Uniondale, NY, March 29, 2011 – The New York Islanders announced today that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with goaltender Al Montoya. The contract will keep him with the club through the 2011-12 season.
Montoya, 26, has a record of 8-4-4 with a 2.35 goals against average (GAA) and a .923 save percentage (save%) in 17 games with the Islanders this season. The Chicago, IL. native was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes on Feb. 9, 2011 in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
UNIONDALE, NY, February 9, 2011 – The New York Islanders have acquired goaltender Al Montoya from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Montoya will report to the Islanders’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Montoya, 25, has an 11-8-0 record with a 3.19 goals against average (GAA) and a .891 save percentage (sv%) in 21 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. The Chicago, IL, native has played in five career NHL games, all with Phoenix, and posted a 3-1-0 record with a 2.08 GAA and a .925 sv%.
from the CP via TSN,
Al Montoya sure didn’t look like a guy making his NHL debut.
Montoya made 23 saves to earn a shutout, Mikkel Boedker and Shane Doan scored a goal each, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the reeling Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Wednesday night.
“I couldn’t let this feel like my first game,” Montoya said. “I had to play it like I’ve been here before. That’s the attitude I came with.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Riding down the elevator tonight, after the latest dismal Avs showing against Phoenix, a Coyotes team official said out loud, “The tank job is in, isn’t it?” He was talking about YOUR Colorado Avalanche.
Serious or not, what the unnamed Phoenix official said is what a couple of other league-related people have also mused lately - the possibility that the Avs are, in fact, tanking it down the stretch to get the highest possible draft choice this June.
Hey, as I said in a previous column, losing every game down the stretch would be a great thing for this team. There is absolutely nothing good that can come out of the Avalanche winning any games down the stretch, and everything potentially good that can come from the worst possible finish.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Word gets around the NHL quickly on which teams provide ample opportunities, and when goalie Al Montoya was traded to the Coyotes last year, he embraced it wholeheartedly.
“I was excited,” said Montoya, who was part of the Fredrik Sjostrom trade to the New York Rangers that also brought Marcel Hossa to Phoenix. “It was my first trade, so coming here to an organization where they look to prospects to come up and do things, I felt ready to play in the NHL and ready to make that move.
“This is a good opportunity. They told me that to come out and do what I can, and they’re going to give me a shot. So it’s encouraging, but at the same time you’ve got to do what you have to do. New York was a great place, but I wanted to be playing, and this is a great place to play.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
To Rick DiPietro, it was simply a matter of “the intensity being ratcheted up against the Rangers, no matter where or when we play them.”
To Al Montoya, it was simply a matter of, “basically not really having a choice, but sticking up for my teammates even though I’d rather have been in the [game] to showcase my talents.”
Check out the goalie fight…