Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion says they have told goaltender Craig Anderson he won’t be offered a new contract.

“He’s the best goalie we’ve ever had,” Dorion said. “It’s time for us to take another direction and we thank him for everything he did.”

Anderson, 39, is set to become an unrestricted free agent as his two-year, $9.5 million is now expired. While his numbers haven’t looked very good the past few seasons, including this most recent campaign in which he posted a 3.25 goals against average along with a .902 save percentage, it is tough to say whether or not he was bad given how weak the roster in front of him has been.

While the past few seasons haven’t gone the way Anderson or the team would have hoped, it was still quite the run for him in a Senators uniform. He ended up playing in 10 seasons with the team, and came just one goal short of the Stanley Cup Final during the 2017 playoffs when they were eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 overtime of the Eastern Conference Final.

Despite Anderson’s impressive resume, we may very well have been the last of the Park Ridge, Illinois native. With the surplus of goalies set to be available this upcoming offseason, teams will likely not be very interested in him given his age and numbers posted the past few seasons. If it is the end of the road, it was certainly an impressive career. He has played in 648 regular season games, recording 289 wins.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020  (12H26)