Senators trade Elliott to Avalanche

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

The Senators will have a new No. 1 in net.

Goaltender Brian Elliott became the latest goalie sent to a new home when he was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche Friday in exchange for goaltender Craig Anderson.

While Anderson will be a UFA on July 1, the Senators are expected to sign the eight-year NHL veteran to a contract extension once the dust settles on the deal in the coming weeks.

Senators GM Bryan Murray said Anderson will arrive just before puck drop and dress as the backup to Robin Lehner tonight when the Senators meet the Boston Bruins at Scotiabank Place.

"I didn't think our goaltending was good enough going forward," said Murray. "We get a free look at Craig. We think he is going to be one of the guys we look at this summer that we like."

Murray said he wants to give Robin Lehner to develop a bit. "We want Robin to play some games but he's 19 years old," said Murray. "He needs time. Our hope is this helps a great deal."

Coach Cory Clouston said he is pleased with the move.

"It's the right thing to do. It's a new fresh start for Elliott," said Clouston. "He didn't have the support that he needed. There was so much pressure put on him."

“Craig is excited to be part of Ottawa’s organization and he’s excited to have a fresh start and a new chapter,” said Anderson’s agent Justin Duberman Friday morning. “He enjoyed his time in Colorado. He’s moving on and he’s looking forward to what’s in front and not what’s behind.”

Duberman said he will have contract discussions with GM Bryan Murray down the road but the two only spoke briefly about the trade.

This is the fourth trade in just over a week for the Senators, who dealt Mike Fisher to Nashville for a first-round and a conditional draft pick; Chris Kelly to Boston for a second-round pick; and Jarkko Ruutu to the Anaheim Ducks for a sixth-round pick.


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