With the Islanders finding out that G Kevin Poulin (dislocated knee cap) will be lost for the season, they have acquired former Rangers 2004 first round pick goaltender Al Montoya
from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a sixth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Montoya, 25, has an 11-8-0 record with a 3.19 goals against average (GAA) and a .891 save percentage (sv%) in 21 games this season with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.
Meanwhile, in other Rangers first round bust news, the Florida Panthers aquired RW Hugh Jessiman
(2003) and two others from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for RW Michael Frolik and G Alexander Salak.
Jessiman, 26, has played in 25 games for the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) this year scoring three goals with two assists and 27 PIM. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound winger has recorded back-to-back 20 goal seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL), while also registering more than 100 PIM three times in his professional career....not sure any team in the history of the NHL has had worse back-to-back first round picks. How does Sather still have a job?
...having said that I do wish the two of these guys luck. Except for Montoya b/c he's an Islander so screw him.
Bob McKenzie at TSN joked that these two moves were a conspiracy against Rangers fans.
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