Stan Bowman (hopefully) has made his first true addition of the offseason, trading a late-round draft pick for the negotiating rights to Buffalo Sabres defenseman Steve Montador.

The ‘Hawks have until 11:59 EST Thursday to strike a deal before Montador becomes an unrestricted free agent, though I can’t see Bowman letting this last that long.

Montador became expendable with Buffalo trading for Christian Ehrhoff’s rights and making a draft-day deal to acquire Robyn Regehr.

Montador had a $1.55 million cap hit last season, and likely will get roughly $2.5-$3 million from the Blackhawks. The 31-year-old is going to be a hell of a pickup for the ‘Hawks given his toughness and willingness to throw his body in front of the puck at any given time. Oh, and he can kick someone’s ass:

Looking at it from the offensive side, Montador has increase his point total every season he’s been in the league and has at least 117 shots in each of the past three years.

He’ll pair nicely with Niklas Hjalmarsson on the second unit and with Brian Campbell gone, Montador is a good replacement for roughly $4 million cheaper.

For this being the first move, I’ve got to say I like it.

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UPDATE: — Early Thursday afternoon it was reported that Montador has signed a 4-year contract with the Blackhawks worth $11 million. Official announcement from the team fothcoming. — CheerTheAnthem