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.”
Robin Lehner has signed a three year contract with a $2.225 million cap-hit with the Ottawa Senators.
Lehner, 23, will still be a RFA when his new pact is up.
The goaltender is 21-24-10 with a .918 SV% and a 2.82 GAA in 4 NHL seasons.