The Anaheim Ducks have had a busy off-season. However, Bob Murray still has plenty of items left to check off this summer on his “to do” list. One of the most anticipated was re-signing restricted free agent defenseman, Brandon Montour.
The 24-year-old defenseman, Brandon Montour, was the only Anaheim Ducks player to file for salary arbitration during the off-season. It was reported on Sunday, by Elliotte Friedman, that the Ducks and Montour had exchanged arbitration briefs. The Ducks wanted a two-year contract worth $1.5M per year. Montour, on the other hand, wanted a one-year contract worth about $4.75M.
An arbitration hearing between the two parties had been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Toronto. Although it didn’t seem like a long-term deal could be worked out, Ducks Nation doubted that Brandon Montour and the Ducks would even get as far as a hearing. However, the Anaheim Ducks left everyone hanging on the edge of their seats as Tuesday morning approached. With no agreement having been reached yet, it looked like an arbitrator would be the one to render the final decision.
In the midst of our anxious anticipation, the Ducks announced on Tuesday morning (at approximately 10 am PST) that they had signed Brandon Montour to a new contract. His extension is a two-year bridge deal through the 2019-20 season. Montour will be paid $3.25M and $3.52M the next two seasons making the total value $6.77M. He will also remain an RFA at the expiration of this contract.
Boom!!🔥 So excited to be apart of this group for another two years let’s go!@anaheimducks ☀🌴 https://t.co/puBlcpGK7p
— Brandon Montour (@brandon_montour) July 24, 2018