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Steve Montador | Defenseman

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/21/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 207
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Veteran defenseman Steve Montador has jumped from the NHL to the KHL.
Croatian KHL club Medvescak Zagreb says it has signed the 10-year NHL veteran to a contract. Last season, Montador struggled with concussion problems and was later sent to the AHL and wasn’t around to help the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. He was well respected within the NHL, however, and was part of the committee of players who negotiated with the owners during the lockout. The Hawks used a compliance buyout on Montador and saved $2.75 million in cap space in the process. Sun, Aug 11, 2013 05:36:00 PM

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Steve Montador went unclaimed on unconditional waivers.

That means Chicago can use a compliance buyout on Montador as planned. The move will save the Blackhawks $2.75 million in cap space in each of the next two seasons.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 12:30:00 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks plan to use a compliance buyout on Steve Montador.

If he isn't claimed off waivers then the Stanley Cup champions will cut ties with the veteran defenseman via a buyout. Montador hasn't played an NHL game since he suffered a concussion on March 27, 2012. He is healthy now though and managed to appear in 14 games with AHL Rockford before the end of the season.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Steve Montador cleared waivers Tuesday and was assigned to AHL Rockford.

Montador had been skating with the Hawks but hasn't played this season after suffering a concussion on March 27, 2012. It's unlikely this is a conditioning stint since he wouldn't have had to pass through waivers for that, meaning it's possible Montador will spend more than 14 days with the Hawks' AHL affiliate.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 05:43:00 PM

Steve Montador has been placed on waivers by Chicago, according to multiple reports.

The Hawks don't need to put him on waivers to give him a conditioning stint in the minors, so it's possible that he'll remain in the AHL for longer than a typical 14-day assignment if he clears. He hasn't played yet this season because of a concussion and his last game action came on Mar. 27 of last year. He has been cleared to return though and has been skating with the team for the last couple of weeks.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 01:16:00 PM

There's talk that Steve Montador could use a conditioning assignment before returning to the Blackhawks lineup.

For the time being, Montador is among his Chicago teammates after being activated from injured reserve on Wednesday. Whether he begins his comeback with the Rockford IceHogs or not, Montador couldn't be happier after enduring what he has. "Here we are, I can smile and talk about it a little bit and get on the ice," Montador said. "It's a brand new day."
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 11:15:00 AM

Steve Montador (concussion) will be activated from injured reserve, but he won't play Wednesday.

Montador hasn't played yet this season and the Hawks will have eight healthy defensemen on their roster.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 06:26:00 PM

Steve Montador (concussion) continues to skate.

Montador has not been cleared by the medical staff to play as of yet. He suffered the concussion on February 7, 2012, played in one game on March 27, took another hit to the head, this time from the Devils Mark Fayne and was shut down the remainder of the season. He should be able to return to the Chicago lineup in the foreseeable future but the Blackhawks do not want to rush him if he is not 100 percent.
Source: CSN Chicago
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 06:17:00 AM

Steve Montador hasn't experienced concussion-related symptoms in weeks.

Montador has been skating and even taken some contact. He's getting close to returning, but it's not clear if the Blackhawks have already penciled in a possible return date.
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 08:29:00 AM

Steve Montador continues to skate in practice as he attempts to recover from a concussion that has kept him on the shelf all season.

There is no word on when Montador will be ready to return to action. Montador suffered a concussion a year ago and suffered another one before the lockout ended when he collided with a teammate during an informal workout.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 06:18:00 AM

Steve Montador (concussion) was on the ice Tuesday.

Montador hasn't been on the ice much recently, so this can be taken as a positive development. Still, it would be surprising if he returned in the near future.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 08:48:00 AM

Steve Montador (concussion) is reportedly not close to being able to resume skating, according to a source.

He has not skated with teammates for weeks because of concussion symptoms. Montador was cleared to return from a concussion he suffered last February, but he sustained another head injury when he collided with a teammate during an informal practice before the lockout ended.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 04:05:00 PM

Steve Montador did not pass his physical Saturday because he's dealing with a concussion.

Montador missed the last two months of last season with one and he was cleared by team doctors, but recently was concussed while skating with teammates. The 33-year-old had 14 points last season.
Sat, Jan 12, 2013 10:15:00 PM

The NHLPA has discussed decertification internally, and considering how things have gone during the NHL's lockout, it may be the next step.

"It makes sense when this lockout has gone this long and there’s been no movement from the NHL and massive concessions from the players," Chicago Blackhawks defenseman and player representative Steve Montador said. "It’s unfortunate that we have to consider such measures, but it’s a serious one." Players are hoping that, if they take the decertification route, a quick resolution would come in the NHL. "Right now, it’s a viable option for us," Chicago's Troy Brouwer said. "If nothing is going to push the owners to even want to negotiate, maybe this will force their hand. We’re discussing it internally. I don’t know if it’ll be our next move, but it’s definitely in the dialogue. If it’s our most viable option, we’ll move toward it and get the process started."
Source: CSN Chicago
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 10:24:00 AM

Steve Montador told the Chicago Tribune that another proposal from the players' association is being considered but "nothing is definite."

"In fact, we've always been working on proposals, and that's shown in the multiple offers thus far," he said in an e-mail. "Time is ticking more now than ever but we're not at a point where the season would be cancelled--at least in my opinion. For now, it's a continued reserved optimism." The NHL lockout reached Day 66 on Tuesday and both sides will reportedly get back to the table on Wednesday. The league wants to see everything the players want in writing to proceed with talks.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 04:01:00 PM

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