The Ottawa Senators have signed starting goaltender Craig Anderson to a three year extension worth $12.6 million, per TSN. The team had previously stated it was a priority to lock up Anderson after they signed backup Robin Lehner to a three year extension. Now it looks like the picture in the crease will be clear in Ottawa for the next three seasons at least.
Some speculated that the Senators might be grooming Lehner for the top spot when they signed him earlier this summer to a deal that pays $2.225 million in each of the next three seasons. Craig Anderson would make $3.187 million next season before he would have been an unrestricted free agent. Now the Senators will avoid that distraction for the coming season as both goalies will have some peace of mind.
Anderson proved himself worthy of a raise after posting two big seasons prior to this past one, when injuries and inconsistency plagued Anderson and the rest of the Ottawa Senators. His career average is a .915 save percentage, which puts him among the top half of starting goaltenders in the league.
With the rising salary cap and abundance of cap space in Ottawa, it was a no-brainer for GM Bryan Murray to lock up Anderson this year before a potentially big contract year could send his asking price much higher. Now the team can turn to fortifying its blue line and top six in order to make sure it can properly support its goaltending tandem.