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Report: Montador signs in KHL

Aug 11, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Brian Elliott, Steve Montador, Mike Weber AP

Veteran NHL defenseman Steve Montador is off to the KHL.

Croatian KHL club Medvescak Zagreb announced they’ve signed the 10-year NHL veteran to a new deal.

Last season, Montador had a rough go of things as he struggled with concussion problems and was later sent to the AHL. He wasn’t around to help the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup but he was part of the committee of players who negotiated with and against the owners during the lockout.

Curiously enough, Zagreb has become a home-far away-from home for many former NHL players.

Checking out the Medvescak roster they’ve also got goalie Mark Dekanich, defenseman Kurtis Foster, and a host of forwards including one-time 50-goal scorer Jonathan Cheechoo, 2003 first-round pick Hugh Jessiman, Bill Thomas, as well as AHL vets Boyd Kane, Andrew Murray and Matt Murley.

At the very least, Montador is headed to a place with some familiar faces.

  1. redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    anyone who thinks the concussions kept him out last year are nuts, the owners have targeted all of the union reps that were on the other side of negotiating table during last year’s lockout nonsense, why else hasn’t Lundqvist been signed yet, Miller been traded, etc…

    • killerpgh - Aug 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      That must be the reason Rick DiPietro got sent to the AHL and than bought out…..

    • beaver15 - Aug 11, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      So Lundqvist hasn’t been signed b/c why exactly?

  2. blackhawks2010 - Aug 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Mondador was expendable for Hawks as his skill level put him on the outside,he couldn’t crack a lineup for us now.

  3. 950003cups - Aug 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Hugh Jessiman still plays hockey?

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