This deal is rather confusing as the Sens are now rebuilding, having sent a young goaltender who has been rather good in times away, receiving a goaltender that is going to be an unrestricted free agent at year's end.
Both goalies have struggled this year; Elliott posting a 13-19-8 record with Anderson's record 13-15-3.
I guess with Robin Lehner being the Senators goaltender of the future, then that would make Elliott or Pascal Leclaire expendable. There is no guarantee that Anderson will re-sign with the Senators which would leave injury-plagued Leclaire behind Lehner.
In Colorado, Elliott will now presumably share duties with Peter Budaj for the rest of the season. Elliott is only a restricted free agent, so he will most likely stick around after this season.
Now, if I were Anderson, I do not like this trade. He is leaving a place where he was the unquestioned starting goalie and going to a place where he will most likely play half of the remaining games. That is why I believe Anderson will leave for greener pastures July 1st.
If the Sens do manage to re-sign Anderson, then this trade is a good one. However, if Anderson leaves and Elliott goes on to have a pretty good career in Denver, then the Avalanche will be just one of the teams laughing as the Sens continue to rebuild.
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