February 1, 2023

Al Montoya – Goaltender, Montreal Canadiens

The NHL’s first Cuban-American player has one of the most important jobs that any player could have, backing up the team’s starting goalie. Montoya was given close to $1 million to do just that this year. This is Montoya’s 5th NHL team (also played for Phoenix, New York Islanders, Winnipeg, and Florida), and his experience is valuable. Montoya must always be ready to go at a moment’s notice as he will substitute for starting goalie Carey Price – a fixture of the Canadiens franchise – and occasionally give Price a day off. Either way Montreal should be just fine as Montoya brings 3,185 career saves with him.

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