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Islanders send sixth rounder to Coyotes for goalie Al Montoya

Feb 9, 2011, 7:34 PM EDT

Al Montoya

Though their 2010-11 season has produced far inferior results, the New York Islanders can relate to the 09-10 version of the Philadelphia Flyers. That Flyers team experienced a ridiculous parade of injuries to their netminders last season, while the Isles have been hit with wave after wave of bad luck for their group.

On the heels of Kevin Poulin’s freak season-ending injury, the Isles decided to acquire a depth goalie in the form of Al Montoya. The team needed another goalie after injuries to Poulin, Nathan Lawson and Rick DiPietro plus the Dwayne Roloson trade.

The Islanders sent a sixth round pick to the Phoenix Coyotes for a netminder who will either take the place of a called-up minor leaguer or possibly get a few NHL reps himself.

Montoya’s career has been a bit of a disappointment considering the fact that he was a 2004 first round draft pick of the New York Rangers, going sixth overall. He produced mediocre minor league numbers in the Coyotes system this season (11-8 record but only a 89.1 save percentage), but does at least one thing well: moving the puck.

Time will tell if Montoya does something with one more opportunity or if he just acts as a warm body in the Islanders’ injury-ravaged goalie rotation.

  1. spizzjr - Feb 9, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Never thought I’d say it but thank god for al Montoya and good trade snow

  2. bigbear42 - Feb 9, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    Hes a talented goalie, just never really given a chance behind lundqvist and bryzgalov. Great move by Snow.

  3. mdamore4 - Feb 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Nice to see that there are actually some people out there who can see this for what it is, and don’t just overreact to every single thing Garth Snow does as if he just shot their dog. Way too many mouth-breathers on sites like Point Blank act as if Snow should have been able to acquire Ryan Miller for Bruno Gervais and a bag of pucks. This move serves two purposes: it plugs a hole for the rest of this ridiculous season, thus allowing Koskinen (and Martin) to go back to Bridgeport where they belong, and it also gives the team a low-cost chance to look at a former 1st round pick. Maybe he just needs a chance to play somewhere, and maybe shows something. You never know, sometimes that’s what happens (see: Grabner, Michael). And if he doesn’t play well, a 6th round pick isn’t such a great loss, anyway. On a list of things we can complain about regarding the Isles, this shouldn’t even register.

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