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Craig Anderson rejoins Senators

Goalie was granted leave of absence after wife was diagnosed with cancer

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Goalie Craig Anderson rejoined the Ottawa Senators on Saturday, returning from a leave of absence that was granted earlier in the week after his wife was diagnosed with cancer.

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Anderson's wife, Nicholle, is in the early stages of her diagnosis but she encouraged him to return.

"It's very early in the process," Dorion told the Senators website Saturday. "We don't have many tests right now, but we're there for them and right now they are in a wait period. Given that we're in a wait period and [backup goalie] Andrew Hammond's injury [Friday] night, Nicholle told Craig to [call] me... It was determined that because they were in a wait period and were going to drive to Ottawa together as a family today, that it would be all right for Craig to come and rejoin his team"

Anderson (4-1-0, 2.94 goals-against average, .903 save percentage) also took a leave of absence during the preseason.

"He and his wife are dealing with a tremendous issue right now, and for him to be around his teammates, his presence, he's going to be embraced by his teammates and it's only going to help us grow as a family and a hockey family," Dorion said.

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Hammond sustained a lower-body injury in the first period of a 5-2 loss at the Calgary Flames on Friday. He was replaced by Chris Driedger to start the second period. Driedger allowed four goals on 15 shots.

Dorion said Hammond will be placed on injured reserve and miss at least a week.

Ottawa recalled Matthew O'Connor from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Saturday. O'Connor has one NHL start (last season) and Driedger has none in three NHL appearances.

Dorion said O'Connor and Driedger will remain with the Seantors because it's unclear how long Anderson will be with them.

The Senators play at the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday (9 p.m. ET; RDSI, TSN5, SNOL, NHL.TV).

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