After agreeing to a three-year contract extension with the Sens on Wednesday afternoon, Mike Condon spoke to the media about the process on striking a new deal with Ottawa, wanting to stay with the Senators and more.
On signing a three-year extension with the Sens:
Super excited about this. It's going to take a little while to sink in but I'm super happy that it got done. I'm really excited for the future here.
On getting the deal done before free agency opens:
Throughout the whole negotiating process I iterated that I wanted to stay in Ottawa. I love the fit, I love everything about it and I didn't really want to go anywhere else. I'm happy that we came to an agreement and I'm happy that this process is over.
On if he looked at testing free agency:
I let my agent handle most of the business side of the game. As a player, I don't like getting involved in the 'dollar and cents' aspect of the game. I'm more focused on playing. My agent did a great job in keeping me aware of what the circumstances and surroundings were and what the possibilities looked like. He also did a great job communicating with the Senators so a lot of the credit goes to him for reaching this agreement.
On earning some long-term security in the NHL:
I'm not sure what day it was but sometime in the middle of October, that was certainly a tough time and a very uncertain future about my career after I was put on waivers. Even getting picked up by Pittsburgh was very lucky since they were the last waiver claim and there was a lot of uncertainty there. I was then very fortunate to get traded to a team as good as Ottawa and to be given an opportunity to play. When I look back to that time to where I am now, it's been such a wild ride. I've had so many fortunate breaks. It's been a long year and I'm very happy with the outcome.
On the tandem with Craig Anderson:
We work very together on and off the ice. I thought we did a very good job at giving the team a chance to win and whatever capacity we're used in next year, I'm looking forward to it and hopefully we can replicate that.
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Sens general manager Pierre Dorion also hopped on the conference call to share his thoughts on Condon's newly inked extension with the club.
On signing Mike Condon to an extension:
Any team that has success, you need good goaltending. I think you need two good goalies and for us, among all the pending UFAs Mike was definitely the priority. We saw last year that a team like Pittsburgh had two good goalies and they needed both in the playoffs so getting Mike signed is definitely a big day for our organization.
On the negotiation process:
You always want to get the player for as little as possible but we knew that this was the price to pay to get Mike signed and we're very happy to get him for this type of money and this type of term.