DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free agent goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.
"In Craig we feel we have addressed a very important need within our organization," said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. "His overall performance last year was very impressive and he is entering the prime years of his career."
Anderson, 28, finished third among NHL goaltenders last season with a .924 save percentage in 31 appearances with the Florida Panthers. Anderson posted a 15-7-5 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and three shutouts.
"I look forward to playing with the Avalanche," said Anderson. "This team has a great mix of youth and experience and as a group, I feel we are up for the challenge of getting back into contention."
Selected 73rd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2001 Entry Draft, Anderson made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks in 2002-03 and has gone on to appear in 109 career games with Chicago and Florida. The 6-foot-2 netminder owns a 36-43-13 record with a .911 Sv% and 2.87 GAA.
A native of Park Ridge, Illinois, Anderson represented the United States at the 2006 and 2008 IIHF World Championships.