Al Montoya G FLA 2 Days

After Dan Ellis was waived Sunday by the Panthers, Montoya appears to have claimed the No. 2 goalie job behind Roberto Luongo, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Montoya had the inside edge for the gig by virtue of his contract being larger than Ellis', but his play in the preseason justified his emergence as the victor in the job battle. The 29-year-old proved highly capable as a backup for the Jets last season, posting a 13-8-3 record, 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage. However, Luongo is a far better talent in goal than Montoya's chief competition in Winnipeg (Ondrej Pavelec), so the backup might actually notice a decrease in usage in his first season in South Florida.

Al Montoya G FLA 8 Days

Panthers coach Gerard Gallant wouldn't call Montoya the odds-on favorite to claim the top backup goalie job behind Roberto Luongo, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

After posting a 13-8-3 record, 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage over 28 appearances with the Jets in 2013-14, Montoya inked a two-year contract with the Panthers in the July, a pact that was thought to give the inside track on the No. 2 job. While that could still very well be the case, the Panthers do still have another veteran backup in Dan Ellis on their roster, who won't simply be phased out by the team. Look for Gallant to give a roughly even amount of playing time to both Montoya and Ellis during the preseason, with their performance in those contests likely weighing heavily into who comes away with the backup gig.

Al Montoya G FLA 2 Months

Al Montoya, recently acquired by the Panthers to be back up goalie Roberto Luongo, is encouraging members of Florida's Cuban community to show up to NHL games.

The hope from the Panthers front office is that Montoya - who's coming off the best statistical season (with Winnipeg) of his five-year NHL career - will provide better insurance in net than Dan Ellis behind Luongo, and that his arrival will help attract some of the approximately 850,000 Cuban-Americans in the area to the BB&T Center. Montoya is trying his best. He is quoted in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel as saying: "This is a very cool experience, not only on a hockey level, but a bigger level than that. [Cubans] should come out to see a hockey game. It's an unbelievable sport, and we're a team that's going to give its all. Once you taste a piece of it, you'll keep coming back."

Al Montoya G FLA 2 Months

Al Montoya wants to do more than just give Roberto Luongo the occasional night off.

"The coach and the team knows what I'm capable of and when I'm called, I'm going out there to win games," Montoya said. He had a 2.30 GAA and .920 save percentage in 28 games last season, but he feels his best hockey is still ahead of him. Montoya is a great backup goaltender, but Luongo isn't in any danger of losing the starting job. Assuming Luongo stays healthy, Montoya can't be counted to get more than 25 starts in 2014-15.

Al Montoya G FLA 2 Months

Al Montoya is familiar with the Miami area as he has plenty of family in the region that he regularly visits.

Montoya is a Cuban-American who was born and raised in Chicago. "I was blessed with a gift and the Cuban people are a motivated bunch, a passionate bunch," Montoya said. "I'm just lucky enough to where I have an arena to show off my American dream. It doesn't matter where you come from or where you've been. Everyone can play hockey. Like I said, the Cuban people are very passionate. Once they figure out what the game is like, it's tough to let go." He signed a two-year, $2.1 million contract with the Panthers to serve as Roberto Luongo's backup.

Al Montoya G FLA 3 Months

The Florida Panthers have inked goaltender Al Montoya to a contract.

No terms have been announced. He will back up Roberto Luongo in Florida. He was 13-8-3 this past season with a 2.30 GAA and a .920 save percentage.

Al Montoya G FLA 6 Months

Al Montoya spent the last part of the season sidelined by a hamstring injury.

The backup netminder is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer. He posted a 13-8-3 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.30 goals-against average this past season.

Al Montoya G FLA 6 Months

Al Montoya was absent from the lineup in Tuesday's shootout win over Phoenix because of a lower-body injury.

Ondrej Pavelec started for the second time in two nights as a result of Montoya's ailment. Michael Hutchinson suited up as Pavelec's backup and will probably do so again on Thursday if Montoya isn't ready to face Pittsburgh.

Al Montoya G FLA 6 Months

Al Montoya blocked 27 of 30 shots in Winnipeg's 4-3 win over San Jose Thursday evening.

Montoya his sixth straight game for the Jets and was able to end his two-game losing streak. He now has a 13-8-3 record with a 2.32 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. He'll continue to receive the bulk of the playing time in the absence of Ondrej Pavelec.

Al Montoya G FLA 6 Months

Al Montoya enjoyed a solid game Monday, but ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision against the Stars.

Montoya allowed two goals on 27 shots and was generally sharp as both goals he allowed came during a Dallas power-play. His record falls to 12-8-3 with the defeat while his save percentage is .921 and his GAA is 2.29. He'll continue to receive the bulk of the playing time in the absence of Ondrej Pavelec.