Blackhawks sign defenseman Steve Montador to four-year deal

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a four-year contract with defenseman Steve Montador, the NHL team said on Thursday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Montador, 31, had a career-high 21 assists and 26 points with the Buffalo Sabres last season. He also led the team with a plus-16 rating and 136 blocked shots.

His signing comes less than 24 hours after the Blackhawks acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a seventh round draft pick in either the 2012 or 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)