Anderson already likes Senators' chances
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
Craig Anderson won’t be at Scotiabank Place when the Senators clean out their lockers Monday.
The Senators goalie got his stuff together quickly Sunday morning and left for Florida to be with his wife Nicole, as the couple prepares for the birth of their first child.
Signed to a four-year, $12.75-million contract last month after being dealt here from the Colorado Avalanche, Anderson is happy to have job certainty heading into the summer.
“Getting one of the unknowns out of the way is huge,” said Anderson following Ottawa’s 3-1 loss in Boston Saturday. “It’s one of the big goals I had coming here: I wanted to learn about the organization, the guys and I knew I wanted to be here.
“I can just worry about stopping the puck and not worry about the quote-unquote ‘unknown’ factors.”
That’s not just good news for Anderson, it’s good news for the Senators. His arrival brought stability to a position that was shaky for the club. He finished with a 11-5-1 record, a .939 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average.
“For me, it’s just a matter of taking the success we’ve had over the last 25 games or so and building off that,” said Anderson. “It’s obviously not great to not be in the playoffs, but I think we played well enough over the last 25 games that it’s something to build on going forward.”
Anderson likes what he’s seen from some of the youngsters and is hopeful with changes made in the off-season the club will be able to pick up where it left off.
“If you can put together a whole season of what we did in the last 25 games consistently, we’ll be in the playoffs,” said Anderson. “We’ve got a lot of great young players, good leadership and a lot of good pieces that are still in place here.”