ANAHEIM CA — The Anaheim Ducks and 24-year-old Six Nations defensemen Brandon Montour have come to a two-year agreement for an undisclosed amount and are both looking forward to a great 2018-19 season, according to the Ducks publicist. The deal avoided an arbitration ruling as a restricted free agent which could have gone either way.
As a restricted free-agent, a player who is no longer considered to be entry-level, but does not qualify as an unrestricted free agent, becomes a restricted free agent when his contract expires. A player may only declare himself to be an unrestricted free agent if he is over the age of 27 or has played in the league for a minimum of 7 years.
“The deal we had right now, from our standpoint, it’s fair,” Montour told the Anaheim media. “The arbitrator could have went either way, either lower or higher. That’s the chance you take. We felt this was fair,” he said.
Montour has fit right in, not only with the team, but also with the community at large and loves it in Anaheim, and they love him.
“For me, I’ve told plenty of people that I love it in Anaheim,” he said. “How could you not? The staff and my teammates, everything is unbelievable. The time I’ve had there so far has been great and hopefully I get better each and every game every year here in the next two. The goal is to get that long-term deal and hopefully we can take some time and digest it and not worry about this anymore and focus on the year, which will be nice, and get back to it.”
Montour was selected by Anaheim in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft and signed to an entry level contract of $925,00. He has recorded 38 points (11 goals, 27 assists) in 107 regular-season NHL games and eight assists in 21 playoff games.
“I think we all agreed with a shorter term and getting better as we keep going on,” Montour said about his career strategy. “I’ve only played 128 games. It was one of those things where I think the shorter term was the best fit for both of us. As we go on the next year or two, we’ll keep chatting about hopefully a longer term, like the rest of the defensemen there.”
The new season begins Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.with the Ducks on the road to San Jose to face the Sharks. The new-look Toronto Maple Leafs, with John Tavares wearing the Blue and White, also debuts the same night against the Montreal Canadians.