Sens hope to be able to move Anderson

Craig Anderson is doing neither Ottawa nor his country any favors. Last season, Anderson went 12-9-2 with a 1.69 GAA and a .941 save percentage. He was expected to backstop Ottawa into the playoffs this season and contend for an Olympic job with Team USA.

But entering Saturday Anderson was only 7-8-2 with a 3.42 GAA and .897 save percentage after 18 starts. The Senators are outside of the top eight in the Eastern Conference, and Anderson has played himself out of an Olympic appearance. Anderson has one year remaining on his deal, but he was not in Ottawa’s long-term plans. Robin Lehner, 22, is the team’s future ace. The Senators had hoped to wheel Anderson, much like they did with Ben Bishop last season when they acquired Cory Conacher from Tampa Bay. But Anderson’s trade value is diminishing.


22 Responses to Sens hope to be able to move Anderson

  1. lafleur10 says:

    what a difference a year makes.. last year this guy was one of the best goaltenders in the league and this year the sens want to get rid of him…doesn’t make sense,they had a really bad season so far and are very close to being a lottery team ! wow hard to figure them out they were picked by many of the experts to win our division and be in the top of the conference …they even said on the season preview shows that they would blow the habs and leafs out of the water1 now they are looking up at both of us in the standings,falling further and further behind each and everytime we play!

  2. lafleur10 says:

    anaheim is having an amazing year getzlaf and perry are just absolutely dominating games wow i wouldn’t be to eager to play this team in the playoffs

    • LN91 says:

      Exactly, but I was also referring to the fact that they have Ottawa’s pick this year for Bobby Ryan…Could be lottery.

      Not to mention Silfverberg, who was a great second-line option for them until he got injured…And Stefan Noesen.

      Actually, I also remember when Anaheim did this with Penner. Let him go in his prime and got Gardiner for it.

      • reinjosh says:

        No kidding eh. 2nd in the entire league, currently have two first round picks, one of which is potentially slated to be a top 10 pick.

        They could really go for it this year, having an extra first round pick gives them a very nice asset to move on deadline day for a piece to make a run.

  3. lafleur10 says:

    yeah your right ln91 i forgot about that pick …lol just think if ottawa blows it and becomes a lottery team and gets a top 5-10 pick wow that deal will look really good for them anaheim has a few pieces too that will make them ,or keep them an elite team for awhile plus they’ll add to it with that really high 1st and there own history is repeating itself it looks like!

    • LN91 says:

      Yeah, I like the Anaheim pieces alot, very young…I think they’re missing a few pieces from being Stanley cup favorites though (Already contenders in my opinion):

      – Second-line center, Perrault is good but nothing spectacular. If he hits UFA, I think Grabovski is a very nice fit there and a good compliment to Getzlaf. He will like how Anaheim plays.

      – Big-time defencemen. Folwer is developing into one, Lindhom is playing well for a rookie, Sbisa is a good second-line option. Need to draft one or maybe trade the pick to get one. Shea Weber? They have the pieces.

      – However, they do have some great things here. Getzlaf is a great 1C, great skill, youth, and size on the wings in the future (Perry, Silfverberg, Etem, Smith-Pelley…Penner should realize his errors in life and re-sign, never leave a goood situation), defensive depth, and getting great goaltending (Hiller, Fasth, Andersen…And the unbeatable John Gibson).

      I just don’t know how they do it!

      • reinjosh says:

        I doubt the Ducks try and add Weber. They just traded Ryan because they wanted to add depth, not go with a top heavy model. I doubt having three players at 7 plus million is an ideal model for them. And the price would be heavy, probably Ottawa’s pick, Silfverberg and more.

        And Anaheim’s quietly built a very strong team.

  4. lafleur10 says:

    they also have etem and vatenan their as well i agree anaheim will be cup contenders in the near future just think too they will trade hillier for more stuff and will make even better ..yeah i agree 2 if they land a good 2nd line center like grabovski or someone else they will be very,very dangerous she weber that’s inetresting …and yes you are bang on they have the stuff to get him and not even touch that core of guys!i think penner will realize that he’s in a a place that’s perfect for him and will re-sign ….the ducks are lucky that they re-signed getzlaf imagine where they’d be now if they didn’t!

  5. leafs_wallace93 says:

    I don’t get how so many people were so high on Ottawa in the first place, they’re the classic example of scrub goaltenders plugged into a boring system. They’ll grind out a few victories but it catches up to them eventually. Just not enough talent in the lineup, especially considering Clarke MacAuthur is a 1st line option there.

    • lafleur10 says:

      your right wallace i think it’s based off of last years run that they had …with al the injuries they had and battled through all the way to the playoffs i think the experts seen thisas a team on the rise they kept saying on the preview show that they were a deep team with alot of young pieces inthe system ….your right about macarthur too…..i didn’t think about that but you being a leafs fan would know

    • reinjosh says:

      I think everyone just assumed that because they had injuries to key players, that once they returned, it was guaranteed that they’d be better.

      No one assumed that a hot goalie and a couple payers playing above their heads could possibly fail. They barely made the playoffs last year too. People should have seen it coming.

  6. reinjosh says:

    So in 31 games played this season, Phaneuf has been on the ice in a 5 on 5 situation for 19 goals. Only Kessel and JVR have been on the ice in a 5 on 5 situation for more (Gardiner has been on the ice for 18 Goals for, and Franson 17).

    In those same 5 on 5 situations, Phaneuf has been on the ice for ONLY 9 goals against. To compare that to the rest of the league for dman who have played at least 24 games, only 5 dman have less goals against at 5 on 5.

    Lovejoy (he’s actually played more minutes than Phaneuf too. Very surprising. Great pickup by Anaheim), Dougie Hamilton, Scandella, Bellemore and Victor Bartley all have 8 against. Only Lovejoy has more minutes on the ice, and none have more games played than Phaneuf. If you expand it to 16 games played (roughly 50 percent of the season played), only 19 dman are better than Phaneuf, and only 3 of them have played more minutes than Phaneuf has.

  7. mapleleafsfan says:

    Wow cap expected to be at 71.1 next season. That’s even before the money from the Rogers deal kicks in. That’s pretty huge.

    • leafy says:

      The cap should be $200 million like in the old days.

      • Rangers couldn’t even buy their team during that time. I think they work better in a cap friendly environment. The lesser the cap, the better. In other words, they’re pissing me off.

        • LN91 says:

          Haha, can’t build a team through UFA’s.

          Most of the time, they’re other teams loose ends. Should that not be a warning sign? Haha.

          I think the Rick Nash deal killed NYR.

          • I don’t know. He’s the only one scoring at the moment.

            Breaking it down, we lost some heart and passion. I think we gained some better players. Dubinsky is playing great for CBJ, but he was taking brainless penalties for us and didn’t have much of a future in the Center position. Anisimov is a good player but will never become great. I think he reached his potential. Tim Erixxon won’t crack out line-up on defense.

            The first, well, that hurts…

            The Gaborik trade evened it out, I think. Although, maybe Gabby would’ve been better with AV as coach.

            • LN91 says:

              I think Nash has played well for NYR, they seemed to have lost that depth they were so good at building before the trade happened. Dubinsky and Anisimov are not the most gifted players offensively, but they are very hard to play against.

              I never understood the hatred towards Gaborik though.

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