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.