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Ottawa Senators sign goaltender Craig Anderson to a 3-year extension

Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators makes the third period stop against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 8, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Senators defeated the Islanders 4-1.
Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators makes the third period stop against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 8, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. The Senators defeated the Islanders 4-1.
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The Ottawa Senators announced Monday that they had signed starting goaltender Craig Anderson to a three-year contract extension. The deal, which will kick in for the 2015-2016 season, will carry an average annual value of $4.2 million.

Acquired in 2011 from the Colorado Avalanche, Anderson was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season; when he will complete a four-year contract worth $12.75 million. In 53 games for the Senators last season, the 33-year-old netminder had 25 wins and four shutouts, with a 3.00 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

A third round selection by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Anderson has in 371 NHL games, with a .915 save percentage and a 2.75 goals against average. In 23 career playoff games, Anderson has a .926 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average. In addition to the aforementioned teams, the Park Ridge, Illinois native also played for the Florida Panthers.

The goaltending situation in Ottawa now seems solidified going forward, as the team signed fellow netminder Robin Lehner to a three-year extension last month. Lehner’s deal carries an average annual value of $2.225 million. In his first full season as Anderson’s primary backup, the 23-year-old Lehner played in 36 games (winning 12), with a .913 save percentage and a 3.06 goals against average last season.

The Senators have spent a lot of time taking care of their own as of late. They signed forward Clarke MacArthur to a five-year contract extension last week. His deal has an average annual value of $4.65 million.