WILMINGTON, Mass. — Maybe it was some sort of preminition, but Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference recalled after practice this morning at Ristuccia Arena how winger Milan Lucic came up to him before the session and recounted how Anaheim defenseman Steve Montador tried to pick a fight last Thursday night.
Well, now Lucic and Montador will get the chance to talk about that situation face-to-face, as Montador was acquired by the Bruins in exchange for forward Petteri Nokelainen.
Montador, a Calgary teammate of Ference, Stephane Yelle and Chuck Kobasew earlier this decade and on the ’04 Western Conference champion Flames team, has posted 4-16-20 totals and a plus-14 rating in 65 games for the Ducks this season.
“We picked up a defenseman that gives us some depth, some toughness as well back there,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “He’s a well-respected player that competes hard every night. And that’s what our team is all about.”
Montador is a right-handed shot and even played forward extensively during his time with Florida, so he adds the same versatility left-handed shooting Matt Hunwick has recently brought. Ference, who traveled to Africa with Montador in the summer of ’07 with the Right to Play organization, re-emphasized that Montador will be a perfect fit on the ice and in the room.
“I summed it up when I traveled with him over to Africa, I called him up like five days before we were supposed to leave to ask him if he wanted to come,” the Bruins veteran defenseman said. “And he’s the kind of guy that would say yes in a heartbeat. He’s also the kind of guy that on the ice will do anything for the team. … He’s a really good piece.”
With three guys on the Bruins that nearly won the Stanley Cup with Calgary five years ago, some of that winning formula is bound to rub off on the Boston squad. Ference reluctantly looked back at that squad in relation to his current team.
“More than the team, it’s the characters that you play with, and the guys,” he said. “And that’s what makes a team. We’ve talked about similarities to what we had that year to what we have this year, it’s all just about having a group of guys that are willing to buy in and really put aside individual priorities and really just focus on a team mission.”
Montador will be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Check back later to find out if the Bruins make any other moves.