Goaltender Craig Anderson, entering the final year of his contract with the Ottawa Senators, said he hopes to sign a new one and finish his NHL career with them.
Anderson, 36, was 25-11-4 with a 2.28 goals-against average, .926 save percentage and five shutouts last season and helped the Senators advance to the Eastern Conference Final, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime in Game 7.
"One hundred percent," Anderson told the Ottawa Sun on Monday about remaining with the Senators. "I think going back to when I came here seven, eight years ago, it's one of those things where Ottawa has been a home for me since I got here. Welcomed me with open arms. I've set some pretty good roots here, as far as just getting used to the town, getting used to the fans and really enjoying my time here. It's something that I enjoy playing for the city and for the Ottawa Senators."
Anderson will make $4.2 million this season to complete a three-year, $12.6 million contract, according to CapFriendly.com. He has been with Ottawa since 2010-11 and is the Senators' all-time leader in wins (151) and save percentage (.920) and ranks second in shutouts (24; Patrick Lalime, 30).
"As far as I'm concerned, I have a season left to worry about and play hockey for," Anderson said. "I leave all that other stuff, the extracurriculars, for the agents and managers. For me it's staying focused with the group of guys. The object at hand is to play out the season I have left on it, and just focus my energy towards that."
Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said he has no doubt Anderson can continue to play at a high level despite his age.
"He started being a No. 1 late in his career, so he's got a lot of years left in him," Dorion said. "It will also be up to Craig, if he wants to stay. I think he wants to stay. He has indicated to us he wants to stay. We'll definitely look at getting an extension done."
Last season, Anderson missed time to be with his wife, Nicholle, who had cancer. Backup Mike Condon filled in, going 19-14-6 with a 2.50 GAA, .914 save percentage and five shutouts. Condon signed a three-year, $7.2 million contract ($2.4 million average annual value) on June 28.
"There's no urgency level," Dorion said. "I know [Craig's] agent is going to come into town at some point in time, during the first month or during camp. We'll sit down. Usually, when you sit down with people, you have a really good opportunity to get contracts done. Over the course of the summer we didn't really have a chance to sit down. We know we have Mike Condon. We have a really good tandem."