Discussion in 'NHL Draft - Prospects' started by Motown Beatdown, Jul 26, 2004.
Good news for Michigan fans.
I have the feeling that the decision was much more the Ranger's than Montoya's but, whatever.
IMO Montoya needed another year in college before making the jump to the professional ranks, so this is good news. Let him dominate the college game and help defend the WJC title, and then make the move to Hartford next year. This helps the Rangers goaltending situation as well, as there's one less body to worry about.
Actually, I think it was probably more his mom's decision than anyone elses.
No real surprise here in my opinion. I would have been surprised to see him turn pro already, but you never know I guess.
good news for ranger fans too
I agree a lot had to do with Sather offering less then max money, essentially forcing him into this decision.
larry brooks is the only one that reported that and maloney & montoya both said it wasn't about $$
GMs can just say no, you know. They don't have to lie, or lowball prospects, in fact why would they insult their intelligence like that and piss them off.
It only takes one look at Blackburn to make the decision if you're Sather.
This story broke on Saturday morning
Didn't see a thread on the board. thats why i posted it.
The Michiganhockey.net site broke the story.Jason broke the story.Al Montoya's mom sent him an email informing him of Al's decision and the approval to release the information
It's a good site
I'm glad Al stayed at Michigan.Go Blue!!! Go USA!!!
I told ya! I know how Cuban moms operate.
The decision was ultimately Al's choice. His mom, of course, wants him in school two more years. And Al spoke with like 1000 other people to gather their opinions, from the Rangers to Coach Berenson and former U-M goalies Steve Shields and Marty Turco. There's part of an interview with him posted at http://michigan.rivals.com
Either there or another article I read Al said the Rangers offered him money equal to what other first round goalies have been offered in the past and that it was a satisfying deal. So he could have taken it and gone if he wanted. Thankfully, he didn't!