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 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.”
Goaltender Craig Anderson has re-signed a three-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators. The deal is reportedly worth $12.6 million.
Anderson, 33, still has one year left at $3.19 million on a four-year deal he signed with the Senators prior to the 2011-12 season.
Anderson has posted strong numbers while in Ottawa and has been the team’s starting goaltender since coming over via trade from Colorado, but has struggled staying healthy, missing nearly 40 games due to injury during his tenure with the Senators.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Ottawa Senators would like to keep Craig Anderson around even though they just resigned Robin Lehner.
“I did talk to (Duberman) a few weeks back and said we’d like to get Robin Lehner done first and then we could talk about an extension,” said interim GM Pierre Dorion.
Anderson has been reliable for the Senators, but the team would like to develop Lehner as their goalie of the future. However, the jury is still out on whether or not Lehner can remain level headed and put it all together.
Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News wonders if the Senators will trade at least one of Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan and Craig Anderson this summer.
The trio is eligible to hit unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 season. Only Spezza has a no-trade clause.
The Senators operate on a budget south of the NHL salary cap. Although Jason Spezza’s cap-hit is $7 million, he’s only due $4 million in salary next season. That’s why I find the Spezza trade rumors puzzling, but Darren Dreger did report they were listening on their captain at the trade deadline.