|Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has signed a four-year, $12.75-million deal with the team, a month after being traded to Ottawa from Colorado. (ERROL McGIHON/QMI Agency
Craig Anderson has signed on the dotted line.
The Senators inked the goalie to a four-year contract extension Monday morning. Acquired from the Colorado Avalanche for Brian Elliott last month, Anderson has made a big impact for Ottawa.
GM Bryan Murray said this will solidify the club’s goaltending.
Anderson received $12.75 million over four years. He will receive $2.75 million next year, $3 million in the second year. The final two seasons will be at $3.5 million.
"We feel he's brought stability. The position is one that we need if you're going to retool, rebuild and improve this hockey club going forward." said Murray. "Craig has stepped in on our team to play the way we think we have to play. With that secure building block, now we can address some other issues.
"He was a guy that we felt we had a chance to sign. The numbers made sense for us."
Anderson said he didn't get a no-trade clause in the deal.
"It's just been a great spot to come in and get the opportunity to show what I can do," said Anderson. "The fans have been very welcoming and really have made it very easy to make my decision to want to play here.
"I'm not surprised. My first impression of the organization, the city and Bryan Murray has been unbelievable. From the moment I got here people in the organization have really gone out of their way to make me feel like I'm at home. They've done everything they can to make my time as easy as possible."
Murray said the club will not be re-signing Pascal Leclaire, and wants rookie Robin Lehner to spend next year in Binghamton continuing his development.