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The Anaheim Ducks sign 24 year old defensman Brandon Montour to a 2-year contract. He will remain an Anaheim Ducks through 2019-20 season.
Montour has played in 107 career NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks. He has played and appeared in 21 NHL career Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Brandon Montour was picked by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Last season Brandon Montour matched a franchise record for blueliners with 5-game winning goals in 2017-18 NHL season.
Brandon Montour (on the timeline): It’s been an ongoing process since we finished up. There wasn’t too much of a rush knowing we had this coming up. We knew it was going to get done. I’m in Toronto. I train in Toronto and live in Toronto. It works out for me. I met last week with them, and then we met yesterday and again this morning. Murph and the Ducks staff met last night and we all met this morning and got squared away before we had to do this arbitration thing.
Brandon Montour (on the importance of the term): My ears were open for everything. For the most part, as a player, I didn’t really know what exactly I am right now. I know my strengths and believe in myself helping this team and being a key contributor to my team as of now and moving forward. We all agreed with a shorter term. Getting better as we keep going on. I’ve only played close to 150 games. The shorter term was the best fit for both of us. As we go on in the next year or two, we’ll chat for hopefully a longer term like the rest of my D corps.
Brandon Montour (on the importance of getting a contract signed before the arbitration hearing): My agent has been really focused on me and teaching me. I’ve been learning the last year about this whole process. I knew it might come down to maybe an arbitration trial. It’s just one of those things. It’s obviously a business. They want you for less. It helps them with the [salary] cap and stuff like that. My team and the NHLPA wants to get what it’s worth. Nobody wants to go into a hearing and have the team kind of put you down as if you’re worth so and so. It could burn bridges and whatnot, but I’ve been drafted by this team. The relationship I’ve had with our staff, and the relationship they’ve had with me, it wasn’t going to be that big of a deal. It didn’t need to happen. It happens to players, and you got to do what you got to do, but for us, it works for both of us for the time being.
Brandon Montour (on if a shorter-term contract could help with a longer-term deal down the road): It definitely helps. The deal we have right now, from our standpoint, it’s fair. The arbitrator could’ve went either way going lower or higher. That’s the chance you take. We felt this was fair, as well as Murph and his staff. They felt it was a fair deal. I’ve told plenty of people I love it in Anaheim. How could you not? The staff and my teammates. Everything is unbelievable. The time I’ve had there so far has been great. Hopefully I get better each and every game, every year in the next two. The goal is to get that long-term deal. Hopefully we can take some time now and digest. Not have to worry about this anymore. Focus on the year, which will be nice. I want to be a Duck for a long time. That’s what I’m going to strive to do.
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