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Jets ink Montoya, Flames sign Aliu, Byron

Jul 4, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

Al Montoya

A few minor signings to pass your way…

Jets ink Montoya

Winnipeg has found its backup for Ondrej Pavelec, signing former Islanders goalie Al Montoya to a one-year, $601,000 deal.

Montoya, 26, appeared in 31 games for New York last season, posting a 9-11-5 record with a .893 save percentage and 3.10 GAA.

It once looked as though the former sixth overall pick would never get his career on track — the 2010-11 season, that is. An injury to Rick DiPietro and the Dwayne Roloson-to-Tampa trade opened the door for Montoya to appear in 20 games, and he made the most of his opportunity by posting a 9-5-5 record with a .921 save percentage and 2.39 GAA.

Flames sign pair

Calgary continued to be busy this offseason by inking Akim Aliu and Paul Byron to one-year, two-way deals.

Aliu, 23, will be paid $695,000 at the NHL level next season, $105,000 at the AHL level. He made his NHL debut with the Flames last year and shined in a limited body of work — two games, two goals, one assist, 12 penalty minutes and a plus-3 rating.

“Akim made tremendous strides in getting his career development path back on track this past season in Abbotsford and he was rewarded for his hard work by receiving an end-of-season recall to Calgary,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “In his two games with our Club he showed that he is a very good skater, is willing to play a strong physical game and can also score goals at the NHL level.”

Byron, also 23, appeared in 22 games with Calgary last season scoring 3G-2A-5PTS. He came to the Flames as part of the Robyn Regehr-Chris Butler trade and split time between the NHL and AHL Abbotsford last year. He’ll make $585,000 at the NHL level next season, $105,000 at the AHL.

“Paul was a very valuable depth player for us last season and had a solid playoff-run with Abbotsford,” Feaster said. “Paul looked right at home during his various recalls to Calgary and he demonstrated that he can score goals at the NHL level.”

  1. ray2013 - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    What exactly are the Flames trying to do?

    You could argue the Canucks have tried to get better through Garrison, and whoever they pick up for Luongo. You could argue the Oilers got better with Nail and Schultz. You could definitely argue the Wild just got a lot better with ZP and Suter. You could even argue Colorado got better just by having their young players developing.

    But I have no clue what the Flames are trying to do. Get better, get worse? Go sideways? Good luck, Flames fans.

  2. wpgjetter - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I’m glad to see that Chevy is making a FA splash (even if it is with medium size stones) but internal needs still have to be addressed. Evander is not going to stay a RFA for long. He is talented, young and an awesome commodity both on and off the ice. WE need his pen on a medium to long term contract so the future of OUR team is one of contender NOT pretender!!

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