No hockey? No problem (yet) for Senators goalie Craig Anderson
TIM BAINES, QMI Agency
|Craig Anderson. (QMI FILES)
OTTAWA - Craig Anderson is aching to play an NHL game soon.
But the Senators goalie is happy enough for now getting to spend more quality time at home with wife Nicholle and 14-month-old son Jake.
Anderson was among many familiar faces, including Chris Phillips, Jason Spezza, Chris Neil and Eril Karlsson, on hand for Monday’s practice/scrimmage at an ice surface tucked into the back end of the Bell Sensplex.
“It’s giving my wife more time to do things,” said Anderson, wearing khaki shorts and sandals after leaving the ice. “During hockey season, I’d say she’s raising the kid 95% of the time. So now I get to take more of a 50-50 role. For me to be hands on for all the things he’s doing ... you can’t put a pricetag on that.
“Right now, if (Jake) wants something, he points at it and if he needs to, he grabs your hand and takes you over to it. It’s a lot of fun.
“Hockey is just a job. We’ve got a son to raise. I’m preparing like I’m going to play hockey, but at the end of the day, family is No. 1.”
When the 2004-05 season was wiped out by the last NHL lockout, Anderson, now 31, played for the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, but injuries limited him to 15 games.
He’s hoping to build on the momentum of last season when he won 33 games for the Senators.
Defenceman Chris Phillips is hopeful the NHL and NHLPA minds will sort this one out quicker than the 2004-05 ordeal.
“We’re not going to allow something to get jammed down our throats,” said Phillips. “But it seemed to me last time, there was a big divide — (salary) cap and no cap.
“From the start, both sides dug in their heels. Obviously, there are some real issues this time, too. But I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to work it out.”