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by Paul on 02/03/11 at 06:04 PM ET
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Heading into the final year of his contract, Anderson said he and the Avs talked a bit before the season but haven’t talked since.
In hindsight and given the numbers Anderson has put up, it looks like GM Greg Sherman did the right thing by not offering Anderson a long-term extension. But the team’s uneven defensive play and soft goaltending has put them in a precarious position vis a vis making the playoffs. That has put pressure on Sherman to upgrade the goaltending to keep the Avs in the hunt and likewise upped the ante on Anderson to prove he’s still the man.
Sherman insisted in a recent interview he was happy with his goaltending tandem, but really, what else is he going to say?
Regardless of who is manning the twine, it is safe to say the Avs will need better goaltending if they are going to make the playoffs this year.
Maybe it will be Anderson that provides that goaltending. He has shown he can do it, of course, but can he do it again?
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