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Tandem locked: Sens re-sign Anderson to three-year, $12.6M deal

Aug 25, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

Craig Anderson AP

The Ottawa Senators made their second significant goaltending commitment of the summer on Monday, agreeing to terms with Craig Anderson on a three-year, $12.6 million contract extension.

Anderson, 33, will carry a $4.2 million cap hit through 2018 (annual salary breakdown: $4.75M, $4.75M, $3.1M) and will be alongside Swedish netminder Robin Lehner for almost the entirety — on July 31, Lehner inked a three-year extension of his own with Ottawa, agreeing to a deal that’ll pay $2.2 million per until 2017.

This is an interesting decision from Sens GM Bryan Murray. Anderson is coming off a disappointing year — injuries and ineffective play limited him to just 53 appearances, in which he went 25-16-8 with a 3.00 GAA and .911 save percentage. The disappointment was magnified given his brilliance during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign — Anderson went 12-9-2 with a .941 save percentage and 1.69 GAA, finishing fourth in Vezina and 12th in Hart voting. He was also stellar in that spring’s opening-round playoff series against Montreal, allowing just nine goals on 180 shots — good for a .950 save percentage — in the five-game victory.

The hope, it seems, is that the veteran can reclaim some of that past glory while allowing Lehner — who is still just 23 years old — more time to cut his teeth at the NHL level.

That said, one wonders how close the Swede is to being a No. 1. A former AHL playoff MVP, Lehner is the bigger of the two goalies (at 6-foot-4, 223 pounds) and was stellar down the stretch last year — here’s a look at his last five games of the season:

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It’s also worth noting that, between these two deals, Ottawa is carrying $6.4 million in goalies (it’s also worth noting that Anderson got a pretty significant pay bump, up from the $3.1 million he was making annually on his last deal.)

  1. pjblake2redwings - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    6.4 million for 2 goalies is not a bad deal at all when you consider teams like Chicago paying Crawford, Detroit paying Howard, or Carolina paying Ward the same amount for 1 mediocre goalie

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

      I would not characterize Cory C as mediocre. Last year was an off year admittedly, and we also saw the goaltending coacvh they had last year was fired after just one season, which is unusual when not associate with a head coach getting canned as well.

      I’m not saying he’s elite either. We may see him return to where he was in their recent cup year.

    • jl9830 - Aug 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Except Howard is far from mediocre. Statistically, he’s one of the top goalies in the league the last few years.

      • pjblake2redwings - Aug 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        he cant handle pressure situations.. everytime the game is on the line he chokes or even worse leaves in the middle of the game and says he has stomach issues.. and from the 20 games I went to last year, when he played he looked mediocre

  2. esracerx46 - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    I thought the assistant GM’s in Ottawa were managing thing like this until Murray returns from cancer treatment

    • Mike Halford - Aug 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Me too, but per the Sens’ website the Anderson deal was announced by Murray:

      http://senators.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=729026

      • bsaures - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

        I think when he was diagnosed they said that the teo assistants would handle a lot of the day to day stuff. Murray probably gets the final say on big decisions like this

  3. litsince - Aug 25, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    this is a joke, right???! i guess we will be living in the basement the next three years. now watch ryan wont resign now. lets give a team our first pick for a labor day present. murry needs to go!!!

  4. clpalermo94 - Aug 26, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    6.5 mill a year for 3 years for two consistent goalies is not a bad thing.

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