The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a three-year, $4.05 million contract extension.
Hammond made his NHL debut at the age of 27 and went on a late-season spectacular run, posting a 20-1-2 record with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage.
The deal most likely means the team will trade either Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner at some point during the off-season.
With the emmergence of Andrew Hammond, the Ottawa Senators are mired in an unintentional goalie controversy. Both Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner are signed through next season, but the team has to consider re-signing Hammond based on his stellar play that has placed the team in a possible playoff spot.
According to Pierre LeBrun, he believes that a market exists for Hammond, but it may not be immediately present.
“I was going to say, I would start with Buffalo because Bryan Murray will tell you this, that Tim Murray was instrumental in signing Andrew Hammond. And it just so happens the Sabres need goaltending. So I wouldn’t be far-fetched to suggest that Tim Murray would probably have an eye there. Although Anders Lindback is certainly trying to signal his case right now with the Buffalo Sabres, playing well of late,” he said. “But yeah, all the obvious teams. I think Edmonton, San Jose, Dallas – those are all teams that need goaltending.”
He suggested that the team re-sign him and worry about the problem next season.
“I think that the only play here for Ottawa is to sign him after the year and then worry about the three-headed goalie monster after that because at the end of the day, it’s asset management. You don’t lose an asset for nothing, if you don’t have to. Sign the asset and then worry about how you’re managing the extra asset and get something in return,” he noted. “That’s really the way to go, I think.”
According to Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, forward David Legwand could be available at the trade deadline as a result of his lack of ice time, which includes being benched for two consecutive games.
Legwand, 34, joined Ottawa last summer on a two-year deal worth $6 million and scored seven goals and 19 points in 45 games this season.
Based on Legwand’s respectable numbers and that centers are in demand across the league, there’s a strong possibility another team could look at this situation and acquire the veteran for a playoff push.
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News is reporting that the Dallas Stars could be interested in defensemen Dion Phaneuf, Cody Franson, Zbynek Michalek, and Marc Methot.
Heika also mentions veteran forwards Shawn Horcoff and Erik Cole could be on their way out if the team continues to fall out of the playoff picture.
The Stars have underachieved thus far, but remain a playoff bubble team and will most likely have difficult decisions to make nearing the trade deadline.
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that, although it’s coach Mike Babcock’s preference to have a balance of right- and left-handed defensemen, the team’s roster consists exclusively of left-handed handed defensemen.
St. James lists Cody Franson, Eric Gryba, Jeff Petry and Tyler Myers as potential targets for the wings. She suggests Mike Green will probably stay put as long as Washington is in playoff contention, and wonders about Justin Faulk, whom I doubt Carolina would move.
According to general manager Bryan Murray, the team has no plans of moving goaltender Craig Anderson:
Why would I do that at this point? We don’t have a third goaltender. Robin (Lehner) is close to being ready, but he needs to play more games. If you don’t have goaltending in this league, you don’t have anything. It’s unlikely Craig Anderson is going anywhere, but into the net in Ottawa.
The same is not the case for Colin Greening, however:
Eventually here, if we don’t get something done here, he’s got to be playing hockey. We may have to put him on waivers at some point in time.
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According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, goaltender Craig Anderson is available and the Ottawa Senators are open to moving him in favor of their goalie of the future, Robin Lehner.
The Senators will try to shop him around the trade deadline and they are looking for a pick and a solid young player.
Critics believe that the team is asking too much for a player that is an average starter at best.
When asked about the rumors, Anderson understood the reality of the situation.
“The ball is in their court and all I can do is go out and play hockey. If something fits their needs where I don’t belong in their plans then so be it,” Anderson said. “But I don’t even want to talk about it like that because there’s been no speculation about that at all.”
From January 15th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Darren Dreger reports that Blues goalie Martin Brodeur will take some time to evaluate his options, two of which include returning to be the Blues’ number three goaltender behind Brian Elliott and Jake Allen and accepting a front office job with the Blues.
Pierre Lebrun reports the message coming from the Coyotes is clear: they are going to blow things up. He says Antoine Vermette will be dealt, Keith Yandle will likely be dealt, if not now then in the summer. He also suggests they are open for business on defenseman Zbynek Michalek.
Darren Dreger reports that Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is after a third line right wing and is willing to trade a defenseman to get it, once Jacob Trouba and others get healthy.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings have had talks with both the Jets and the Leafs, seeing if there is someone who might take on Mike Richards and his mega-contract. SPOILERS: There isn’t.
Lebrun reports that the Canucks are looking for a top-six forward, but aren’t interested in a rental. He also notes that sooner is better for the Canucks, as the trade deadline might be too late.
Lebrun also says that Marc Methot, with a new agent handling his file, will take another crack at contract negotiations with the Senators. Failing an extension, it seems inevitable that the Sens will move him at the deadline.