Senators Re-sign Craig Anderson.

The Ottawa Senators today announced the re-signing of goaltender Craig Anderson to a three-year, $12.6 million contract extension. 

Senators re-sign Craig Anderson to a three-year extension.

Senators re-sign Craig Anderson to a three-year extension.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anderson, 33, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He’ll earn an average annual cap hit of $4.2 million starting in 2015-16. Anderson’s cap hit for this season is over $3.187 million, though in actual salary he’ll make $3.5 million.  

This creates an interesting situation for the Senators, as they also re-signed promising Robin Lehner earlier this summer to a three-year, $6.675 million deal. At some point Lehner could challenge Anderson for the starter’s role, which could force management into choosing between the two. Anderson, who’s older and more expensive, could be dealt. For the short term, at least, the Senators have addressed their goaltending situation.

Anderson was also among the notable potential UFAs the Senators re-signed this summer, the other being Clarke MacArthur. They also re-signed Milan Michalek, who was eligible for UFA status this summer. Bobby Ryan, Marc Methot and Erik Condra are their remaining UFAs. Of these, Ryan could prove the more difficult to re-sign, as he’s likely to be the most talented UFA available next summer. 

5 Comments

  1. I dont get it…I could almost see thi if Anderson was 24 maybe 25 years old but 33? Best case scenario, Lehner takes over asthe number 1 in the next year or 2 which is why you extend him, leaving the Sens paying 4.5 and 3.1 mill for an aging 35year old+ backup….Not that having 2 goalies is a bad thing, just for a team thats notoriously cheap I think that money could have been better used upgrading the D or perhaps put towards Ryan. There would have been other options available in net.

  2. Lehner is projected by many to be the ‘goalie of the future’ for Ottawa however he’s still unproven and there are no heir apparent’s currently in the Senator’s system. As per their budget, only the organization knows what that is and all the rest is speculation.

  3. Lehner is almost 24 played great in the AHL has very hood NHL numbers over 60 games and just got his extension, I am not saying get rid of Anderson but I am kind of questioning why extend him like that now? Dont you think there sre some more pressing issues? Ryan a D man perhaps? There is no hurry they could have rolled with the pair for the year its not like Anderson was likely to get a big deal next summer as a ufa with the current goalie market, imo it just doesn’t make much sense.

    • I don’t see the connection between signing Ryan (or Methot) with the signing of Anderson. Anderson’s a reliable goalie and although Lehner’s got promise they need two goalies and the last time I checked Ryan doesn’t stop pucks.

      None of us really knows what the Senator’s internal cap is however there’s certainly plenty of speculation, here and elsewhere. As per Ryan, if money is his chief motivation then he’ll likely go the free agent route next summer. If he’s happy playing in Ottawa and wants to stay then he’ll probably have to leave some money on the table.

  4. 5.5-6.5 million per season for solid and dependable goal-tending for the next 3-4 years sounds like a prudent move by a team on the re-build.