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The Craig Anderson era in Ottawa looks to be over

Tim Tucker   ·   14 janvier 2020
There was a time in Ottawa when fans and the media alike would have had a field day if goaltender Craig Anderson had been relegated to backup status for three games in a row. There would have been endless chatter on talk radio and social media attempting to figure out what was wrong with the netminder. That has changed. Monday morning, Senators coach D.J. Smith told reporters that Marcus Hogberg would be making his third straight start against Chicago and hardly anyone batted an eye.



Anderson has been a fixture in Ottawa since being traded to the team from Colorado in February of 2011. He had some very good years with the club and faced competition for the number one spot from names like Robin Lehner, Ben Bishop, Andrew Hammond, Mike Condon and Anders Nilsson. He was able to hang on to his job every single time, until now. Smith has made it clear that Ottawa wants to see what their younger guys can do and, at 38 years old, Anderson is not included in that group.

"All I can do is control my attitude and the way that I approach the game,” Anderson told reporters on Monday. “And that’s being ready at any time. My job in practice is to battle hard for the guys. When called upon I have to make sure that I’m at my best and make sure I’m ready to earn my ice time. Everything you get in this game is earned.”

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Anderson is in the final year of a two-year contract extension that he signed back in September of 2017. He's made 19 starts with the Senators this year going 6-11-1 with a 3.27 goals against average and a .897 save percentage. Not great numbers but it's difficult to lay that squarely at the feet of Anderson. He's playing on a team in the midst of rebuilding and wins aren't coming easy. That said, it's safe to say that Anderson will not be back in Ottawa next season and could be gone by the trade deadline if Ottawa gets the right offer. While no longer a young guy, he could certainly provide some stability as a back up netminder for a team looking for depth in order to make a playoff run. Where he ends up next season is anyone's guess at this point.

“You never know. This game is funny and it’s a funny business,” Anderson said. “You can’t plan things out because usually when you make plans, they change.”

Source: TSN
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