When the Edmonton Oilers acquired Al Montoya from the Montreal Canadiens earlier this month, it didn't come as too much of a surprise, as it was reported from the likes of Elliotte Friedman and Nick Kypreos that Peter Chiarelli was looking to find a better backup for Cam Talbot.
Laurent Brossoit had unceremoniously been placed on waivers and won't be coming back anytime soon.
Before this trade was made official, there were talks that Edmonton had interest in Michael Hutchinson of the Winnipeg Jets and Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings.
What we perhaps didn't know, was that the Red Wings and Oilers got very close to finalizing a deal for Mrazek. According to Craig Custance of The Athletic, the price was a mid-round pick, somewhere along the lines of a 3rd or 4th round pick. It appears the deal was nixed in the last stages of closing the trade.
It's a little surprising that this deal didn't transpire, as Mrazek is a better option than Montoya. The trade for the Habs' former netminder stipulated that if Montoya plays 7 games or more in an Oilers uniform, the Canadiens will get a fourth round draft pick. If he gets less, that fourth is turned into a fifth.
That's a small difference in cost, for a less talented, and older goalie.
Ultimately, the considerations for Chiarelli were that Montoya is a veteran with good experience as a backup, particularly in Montreal. Mrazek is young and is perhaps not the kind of goalie that they wanted to insulate Talbot with.
He's been playing well as of late, though.
Montoya is credited with 1 win in the 3 appearances, but isn't credited with losses as he has come in relief of Talbot after weak starts. He's only allowed 1 goal so far.