Craig Anderson, Senators Agree to 2-Year Contract Extension

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 29, 2017

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) blocks a shot against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs in Pittsburgh, Thursday, May 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The Ottawa Senators announced Friday that they had agreed to a two-year contract extension with goalie Craig Anderson.

The team noted that Anderson will earn $5.5 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20 for an annual cap hit of $4.75 million.

Among seasons in which he appeared in at least 40 games, the 2016-17 campaign was by far the best of Anderson's career.

The 36-year-old went 25-11-4 during the regular season with a 2.28 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and five shutouts.

Anderson's great play continued during the playoffs to the tune of an 11-8 record, with a 2.34 goals-against average, .922 save percentage and one shutout as part of a run that saw the Sens reach double overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final before falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Illinois native has been with the Senators since 2010-11 after previous stints with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche.

Anderson missed two months of action last season while his wife, Nicholle, had nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a form of cancer.