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Craig Anderson Will Not Be Back With Senators Next Season

The Ottawa Senators have confirmed that goaltender Craig Anderson will not be back with the organization next season.

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The Ottawa Senators and general manager Pierre Dorion have confirmed that goaltender Craig Anderson will not be back with the organization next season. The news was made official on Wednesday, when Dorions said, “He’s the best goalie we’ve ever had. It’s time for us to take another direction and we thank him for everything he did.”

This is the second veteran player reportedly leaving the team this offseason as defenseman Mark Borowiecki is reportedly leaving to test free agency.

Anderson won’t be offered a deal and with that news comes the end of an era. He is now a pending unrestricted free agent after finishing up a two-year, $9.5-million deal this season. The 39-year-old will likely be in tough to get a new contract in a flooded goaltending marketplace but there might be a team interested in adding an experienced veteran on a low-end salary.

Anderson played 34 game this past season and posted a .902 save percentage and 3.25 goals-against average. From 2011 to 2017 only Carey Price, Braden Holtby, Henrik Lundqvist, Sergie Bobrovsky and Tuukka Rask had better even-strength save percentages than Anderson.

Dorion added, “He’s the winningest goalie in this organization. I’ll go on the record and say he’s the most performing goalie in this organization, the best goalie we’ve ever had.”

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