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Chicago puts Montador on waivers

Mar 11, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

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The Chicago Blackhawks have placed defenseman Steve Montador on waivers, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Mondator, 33, was recently cleared to resume playing after recovering from a serious concussion suffered last February. Last week, he spoke about the tough times endured while getting back to full health.

“There’s a lot of uncertainty, a lot of fear, a lot of anxiety and depression that comes with that,” said Montador, per CSNChicago.com. “I’ve had a lot of help to work through that and I feel like I’ve taken the right steps.”

On the depression the 33-year-old has experienced: “The first time I ever heard the word depression… there’s some stigma around it. What I’ve learned from my condition (is that) actual neural transmitters are being prevented from connecting and being used in the brain, so it’s an actual physical issue.”

Montador signed a four-year, $11 million deal with Chicago prior to last season and got off to a solid start, racking up 14 points in his first 52 games.

We’re still waiting for clarification as to why Chicago would place Montador on waivers rather than assign him directly to AHL Rockford for a conditioning stint.

(In a similar move, the Capitals sent veteran defenseman Tom Poti to AHL Hershey this year on a 14-day conditioning assignment, without waiving him.)

  1. President Charles Logan - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    i bet the flyers could use him

  2. pone27 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    You can have him Flyers fans….

    I like Montador, but hes over paid. With the Hawks depth on D, the salary needs to go for the Stalberg/Leddy foundation.

    Best of luck to the Montador

    • homelanddefense - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:10 PM

      That was my first thought when I saw that contract. He was only in Boston for a short time, but that was enough. One of the worst fighters in the league too….more of a hugger/dancer.

      • dentals1 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM

        Yeah, not the best fighter but always a willing participant.

      • nhloon - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        yea he did not do a whole lot for Boston, wondering how he got that contract out of Chicago…

      • homelanddefense - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        dantals, I agree completely. I guve full props to guys like him who dont back down. Unfortunately I feel most of his fights gave the other team momentum.

  3. thomaspratt - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    “If he a right handed D,” asks Mike Gillis

    • thomaspratt - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      *Is

  4. esracerx46 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I see a trade in the near future for the Hawks. Got feeling they did it to clear cap space (I believe Montador’s hit is still eligible to be hidden in the minors), or the Hawks think a team like the Flyers would claim him. Personally, Im hoping for Iginla.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Nothing personal, it’s just business…talk about ruthless treatment of an injured player! This should enhance team spirit as the Hawks spiral toward irrelevancy; more like enhancing union solidarity! Who’s gonna hang their ass out in a cold wind for Hawks coaching and management, if this is the reward? Look to Detroit to see how manpower is fairly and equitably treated…

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