The Ottawa Senators have given their number one goalie Craig Anderson a three year $12.6m contract extension. The team now has both their primary goalies signed to new contracts - Robin Lehner was given a contract extension earlier this month.
The 33 year old veteran Anderson will earn $4.75m in the first two years and $3.1m in his final season in the new deal.
This signing is a must for the Ottawa Senators. There really aren’t any goalies available to take Anderson’s place. Losing Anderson would’ve been disastrous for the Senators. However, the Ottawa Senators are delighted to have both goalies signed before the start of the season. Craig Anderson is a fighter with plenty of experience, and still has plenty to offer the Ottawa Senators. He covers his angles really well and is used to facing a lot of shots.
Who is No. 1?
Craig Anderson struggled with injuries this past season and as a result posted a below average record of 25-16-8 last season. However, the Senators struggled with injuries all through their roster last season.
And with the contract situation dealt with, Anderson is fully committed to improving his game and helping backup goalie Robin Lehner improve as well.
Robin Lehner posted a 12-15-6 record last season. But many Senator’s fans believe that this will be a breakout year for Lehner. He has lightning reflexes, covers his angles really well, and does whatever it takes to win. This kid has huge potential and has clearly benefited from the leadership of Craig Anderson. I still believe that Anderson will play the majority of the season for the Senators however.
Regardless, I believe these two goalies will easily give the Ottawa Senators an opportunity to challenge for a playoff spot this season. Both these guys play the game with a high degree of intensity and will push themselves to the limit to get wins. A lot of the team’s success will depend on if these guys can steal wins from top teams in the Eastern Conference like the Boston Bruins or the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A lot will also depend on whether or not the Senator’s defensive core can decrease the amount of shots Anderson and Lehner have to face. Erik Karlsson, Chris Phillips and rookie defenseman Mark Borowiecki must have good seasons if the Senators hope to challenge for a playoff spot.
I’m not worried about Erik Karlsson’s having issues contributing this upcoming season. Karlsson tallied 74 points for the Senators last season. But veteran Chris Phillips must tally far more than 15 points this year, and I also expect Borowiecki to finish in the top three in points for Senator’s defenseman this season as well. I can’t wait to see how this Ottawa Senators team will do in the upcoming season.
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