OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club re-signed goaltender Anders Nilsson to a two-year contract. Nilsson's contract carries an average annual value of $2.6 million ($2.8M in 2019-20, $2.4M in 2020-21).
"We're very happy to have Anders back for two more seasons," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "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, aged 29, was acquired by the Senators in a multi-player trade with the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 2. In 24 games with Ottawa following his acquisition, Nilsson posted an 11-11-0 record with a 2.90 goals-against average, 914 save percentage and two shutouts.
The 6-6, 232-pound native of Lulea, Sweden, has played in 141 career NHL games with the New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Canucks and Senators, posting a 50-65-13 record with a 3.07 goals-against-average, .907 save percentage and six shutouts.
Nilsson was the Islanders third-round choice (62nd overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft. Internationally, he has represented his native Sweden on several occasions, including the World Hockey Championship: 2018 (gold), 2015 and 2014 and the World Junior Championship: 2010 (bronze).
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