January 02, 2017

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Al Montoya to a two-year contract extension.

The deal reportedly carries an annual average value of just over $1 million, a modest increase from the $950,000 he will make this season.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pound native of Chicago has a 4-4-2 record with one shutout, a 2.74 goals-against average and .909 save percentage backing up Carey Price this season.

Montoya, 31, has a 59-44-20 record in 147 regular-season games with Arizona the New York Islanders, Winnipeg and Florida.

He was selected in the first round, sixth overall by the New York Rangers at the 2004 draft. He first joined the Canadiens as a free agent on July 1.

The deal gives the Canadiens two goaltenders under contract in advance of the 2017 expansion draft, meaning they can protect Price and have Montoya available for selection by the incoming Vegas Golden Knights.

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