The Sens announced on Wednesday that they had re-signed Anders Nilsson to a two-year contract and the 29-year-old netminder is excited to extend his stay in Ottawa.
Nilsson joined Steve Lloyd and Todd White on TSN 1200's In The Box following the announcement yesterday and shared his reaction to re-signing with the Senators for two more years.
"I'm super excited to continue to play for Ottawa," he said. "Both me and my family have had a great experience with the city and the organization since we came here so we're excited to be a part of that for at least another two seasons."
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The Sens acquired Nilsson from the Vancouver Canucks back on January 2nd and he went on to play in 24 games with Ottawa where he compiled a record of 11-11-0 to close out the 2018-19 season. Sens general manager Pierre Dorion obviously liked what he saw during Nilsson's extended trial in the nation's capital last year and was eager to keep the Swedish goalie in the fold to help provide a steady presence in net for his young roster.
"We're very happy to have Anders back for two more seasons," said Dorion in a new release issued yesterday. "He is a competitive, talented veteran who played very well after being acquired last season. In addition, Anders is a great teammate and hard worker, which makes him an excellent fit with our growing team. This signing provides us with stability at the goaltending position, which is very important to our success as our team continues to develop."
Nilsson has been very active in the community since joining the Senators as well, most notably participating in the Winter Pride March with Dorion and defenceman Mark Borowiecki. He has long been a supportor of Pride and equality and has added a rainbow flag to his mask for the past three season to show his solidarity.
"When I decided to put the pride flag on my helmet I never thought it would get as much attention as it got," shared Nilsson. "I'm just happy to be able to show my support and I think it's very important that as professional hockey players we speak up and talk about it."
He also made a point to address how easy the contract negotiations were with the Senators thanks to some solid communication as well as the desire for both sides to agree on a new deal. Nilsson realized fairly early on in the process that his preference was to remain with the Senators so he was excited to finalize a new contract that will keep him in Ottawa for an additional two years.
"The communication between me and Ottawa has been really good since the season ended," Nilsson said. "It was an easy decision actually. I knew pretty early on that I wanted to continue to play in Ottawa."