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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
It's quite possible the rising questions about Craig Anderson's character would be put to bed by somebody coming clean on his injury.
Instead, we are left to believe a 'stinger' has kept the No. 1 goalie out of the line up for five games already -- and now at least two more going forward -- which has prompted experts on social media to diagnose Anderson as 'soft.'
That's a little harsh, of course. None of them know what Anderson has been dealing with since leaving the Nashville game Mar. 10 after being bumped by teammate Milan Michalek. Nobody knows because the team, like others in the NHL, is vague on injuries, treating them as state secrets.
In his one conversation with reporters since his disappearance, Anderson made it clear that any discomfort he was feeling over the shot he took on the shoulder from Shea Weber had pretty much subsided.
So he's missing all these crucial games down the stretch because of the Michalek bump? Do stingers normally keep players out of action for more than two weeks or, as one reporter put it, is this a 'humdinger of a stinger.'
Numerous reports post-game state Anderson was walking around and did not go to the hospital.
Anderson was taken off the ice on a stretcher but was able to wave and give the thumbs-up to the fans.
Here is how he was hurt...
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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Updated 10:45pm with video from NHL.com
As I write this post, David Poile's Predators are down by one in Denver. (update: now down by 2 as I post it)
But he should probably still be a happy man - because two of the guys competing for his attention in hopes of becoming team USA's starting goaltender in Sochi were putting on a clinic in Buffalo.
Craig Anderson and Ryan Miller stopped 80 of a combined 81 shots (Senators 46, Sabres 35) in a game that seemed like it would never see a goal until Miller's shutout bid was finally broken with 1:35 left in the third on a shot from Erik Karlsson.
Watch the goal that finally beat Miller below.
“I think the defining moment in my career was when I went through waivers three times. It kind of changed my outlook on things. The next year I went back to the minors. You can’t get any lower than that. Teams tell you they don’t want you and then another team picks you up and they say, ‘Oh, no, we want you – to play on our minor team.’ And then you get traded.
“It’s tough, it’s a bumpy road. But it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react. I was able to mature quite a bit and figure out that I had to change my ways a little bit to get back to the league and find a way to be successful.”
-Craig Anderson, goaltender for the Ottawa Senators. Much more on Anderson from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail.
from Erin Nick at NHL.com,
Anderson has a .949 save percentage through three games, placing him third among the 16 active goaltenders playing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His goals-against average sits at 2.01, which ranks sixth. Meanwhile, Price finds himself 15th in both categories, with a 3.69 GAA and .879 save percentage.
Price's stats took a hit after the 6-1 loss to the Senators on Sunday -- a game in which he stayed in until the finish.
"I think it's important to hang in there with my teammates and not bail out. I think the best thing to do is fight through it," Price said.
His coach, Michel Therrien, agreed.
"I never thought about taking [Price] out," Therrien said. "The way we played, the loss, it wasn't his fault. But sometimes you've got to feel that pain together, as a team."
For his part, Price shoulders some of the burden of being down in the series.
I don't believe there was much contact on this skate-by from Brandon Prust on Craig Anderson.
Joe Corvo may still be shaking his head.
from Brian Stubits of Eye On Hockey,
As part of a chaotic sequence around the Senators' net on Friday night, Anderson was peering into the corner following the puck while Henrique was skating right next to him. Slyly, Anderson stuck out his stick and, with the butt end, caught the face of Henrique.
At the same time, David Clarkson and Zack Smith were having a fight behind the net. There was more pushing and shoving going on, so Anderson's high stick wasn't seen or called by the referees.
Appears to be a leg injury for Anderson.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
If there still exists any suspicions over how exactly the right-handed Craig Anderson sliced a tendon in his right hand, the Senators’ No. 1 goalie did nothing to squelch them when facing the media for the first time one week after the incident.
“I really don’t care to talk about the details of it all,” Anderson said Thursday at Scotiabank Place, hiding his wounded hand with a dark coat. “(It was a) freak accident. Happened in the kitchen. Leave it at that. Something you learn from. Unfortunately, it was a costly mistake.”
via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Ottawa Sun has confirmed Anderson suffered a hand injury in an accident with a knife at home and will be out at least 10 days as a result of the injury. The Senators are recalling Robin Lehner from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.
Anderson, coming off a 32-save performance in a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Wednesday, is going to have to see a specialist. The belief is he may have suffered tendon damage as a result of the incident.
Once he sees the specialist he could be out longer
Dennis Seidenberg from center ice and the game winner.
Brayden Schenn is the victim.
per Bruce Garrioch tweet,
Signed Craig Anderson to a four-year contract.
It’s a hockey town, it’s one of the first times I’ll be playing in a city that lives and dies through their hockey team. It’s a great feeling knowing that the fans are behind you.”
-Craig Anderson, goaltender for the Ottawa Senators. More on Anderson from Rob Brodie of OttawaSenators.com.
I still think this could be a big mistake by the Avs, but only time will tell. I really think Anderson might be one of those late-bloomer kinds of guys who gets better as he gets older. Obviously, he wasn’t great this year.
But come on, name me a goalie who would have shined with that defense in front of them?
You get a bad defense, you get a bad goalie, more often than not. Anderson was superman last year, but it was too much to expect him to be one again this year – especially after a knee injury that hurt his mechanics a lot it seemed, after he came back.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs on the trading of Craig Anderson. More from Dater on the trade.
This was the biggest surprise trade of the busy day today. I thought the Avs could have received more than RFA Brian Elliott.
What trade surprised you the most today?
via Ian Mendes tweets,
I’m thinking Craig Anderson could be coming back this way
Brian Elliott is headed to Colorado. Trade done. Working on details
added 10:37am, via Billy Jaffe tweet,
Confirmed, Anderson for Elliott
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Craig Anderson.
Elliott, 25, has appeared in a team-high 43 games for the Senators this season, posting a 13-19-8 record with a 3.19 goals-against average and three shutouts. The Newmarket, Ontario native helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup playoffs a year ago, compiling a 29-18-4 record with a .909 save percentage and five shutouts in 55 appearances.
“Brian is an experienced NHL goaltender,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “We look forward to having him join our team.”
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Avalanche goalie Craig Anderson has returned to Denver tonight, for personal reasons. While he is away from the team, veteran John Grahame will be with the team and serve as backup to Peter Budaj.
Grahame, along with D-man Jonas Holos, were called up a little bit ago from Lake Erie.
Looks like it’s just going to be one of those years. I’m not going to speculate the reason why Anderson is taking a leave, even though I believe I have an idea. He’s not hurt and I believe this is only going to be a day-to-day thing. He wasn’t going to start tomorrow anyway. So let’s not make a big deal of it.
Even pro athletes deserve a little privacy. And like I said, I’m not positive what it is, so for now that’s the reason he’s gone – personal.
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?
from Terry Frei of All Things Avs,
Avalanche coach Joe Sacco this afternoon said Craig Anderson had seen doctors back in Denver and the verdict was that the Colorado goaltender will be out “indefinitely” with a knee injury, but that he won’t require surgery.
“It’s going to require some treatment and rehab, and we hope to have him back as soon as possible,” Sacco said after Colorado’s practice in the Saddledome.
Sacco wouldn’t give any more details, repeating his previous answer virtually word for word when asked about the specific diagnosis. But he left the impression the injury isn’t serious.
The Avalanche has recalled veteran goalie John Grahame, 35, from Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, and he will join the team in Calgary in time for Thursday night’s game against the Flames.
Reports state Anderson will return to Denver for tests on his knee.
via Adrian Dater tweet,
No prognosis given on (Craig) Anderson injury, other than “knee injury” - don’t know how serious, but he needed help off ice. Too soon to say h/long
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
When I asked him recently his thoughts on his contract, he demurred, saying that’s in the hands of his agent and the team. I don’t have any juicy details on any possible talks right now, but one would have to assume this is high on the agenda of GM Greg “The Shermanator” Sherman.
Another year like he had, and no doubt Anderson would get $4-5 million a year on his next deal. His cap hit now is $1.8 million, so a big raise is likely. Obviously, with the lowest payroll in the league right now, the Avs could afford a nice big extension right now.
Anderson didn’t start out in this organization, but this is the one that took a chance on him and gave him his first No. 1 job. So while he doesn’t probably have that longtime loyalty feeling to the Avs, no doubt he has a lot of warm feelings for it now.
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
Unlike Patrick Roy, his number doesn’t ever figure to hang from the rafters of a hockey rink in Denver. Nobody confuses him with New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, owner of more wins than any goaltender in NHL history. But as the Colorado crowd chanted “Andy, Andy!” in the closing seconds of the third period Saturday, there was no doubt who was the man in the Avs’ 3-1 victory against the Devils.
Craig Anderson is the No. 1 reason Colorado stands proudly in first place of the Northwest Division. In a year of shocking success by the Avs, who qualifies as the most pleasant surprise of all? Say it loud:
Andy, Andy, Andy.
Which made me wonder: What in the world was Team USA general manager Brian Burke thinking when he picked a 23-man squad for the Olympic tournament that did not include Anderson?
“It’s a small wedding. Only 23 seats,” Burke said Saturday, responding to my question by e-mail.
First the goal…
Anderrson talks about the goal…
“It’s individuals in charge of a team game. If you want to be individuals, go play tennis or golf. We live with it. It’s the rules, we play by them, but my view is you’re putting individuals in charge of a team game.”
-Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson on the shootout. More on the Avalanche/Blackhawks game last night from Adrian Dater of All Thins Avs.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
Craig Anderson hasn’t made the Colorado Avalanche faithful forget about the heroics of hall of famer Patrick Roy, but the new netminder has eased the pain.
After Roy closed his career in 2003, David Aebischer, Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj took turns trying, but failed to adequately replace the four-time Stanley Cup champion.
The 28-year-old Anderson is only 11 games into his tenure with the Avalanche — but so far, so good. He has not only won a place in the hearts of the local hockey fans and his teammates, he has played himself into the United States Olympic team picture.
“A lot of it has to do with opportunity, but some of it also has to do with being prepared for getting that opportunity every night,” said Anderson when asked to explain his success in the first four weeks of the NHL season.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
It used to be everybody wanted to come to Denver to play for the Avalanche. Not so, anymore, as a last-place finish and a much tighter payroll have taken some of the luster off Colorado as an NHL destination.
To Craig Anderson, however, the Avalanche might as well still be considered Shangri-La.
Spurning offers from several other teams, Anderson signed a two-year, $3.6 million free-agent contract with the Avs on Wednesday and is expected to be the team’s No. 1 goalie this coming season.
“It’s a dream come true,” Anderson said. “It was the place I wanted to be, a city I’ve always loved. I think it’s a great opportunity for me, and I want to be part of the solution bringing the team back.”
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post’s All Things Avs:
Just heard from a source that the Avs have signed Craig Anderson to a 2-year deal. I’ll confirm soon whether that’s fact or not.
More here later.
Update 1:43pm ET: Dater confirms deal is done.
Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the Avalanche—
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed free agent goaltender Craig Anderson to a two-year contract through the 2010-11 season.
“In Craig we feel we have addressed a very important need within our organization,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “His overall performance last year was very impressive and he is entering the prime years of his career.”
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
As long as the Panthers keep winning with Craig Anderson in goal, he’ll remain the starter.
Coach Pete DeBoer said after Thursday’s 2-1 win against the Sabres at BankAtlantic Center that Anderson will make his fifth consecutive start Saturday against the Bruins.
Anderson began the season clearly the team’s No. 2 netminder behind Tomas Vokoun, but has emerged as a co-starter the past nine days.
Anderson made 45 saves Thursday while facing 46 shots both season highs. The Panthers finished with 25 shots.
continued with more on Anderson…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Major Le-Brownie points for those of you who can guess off the top of your head which goaltender leads the NHL in save percentage with a sparkling .948 and is second in goals-against average at 1.87.
Tick-tock, tick- tock ...
That would be Craig Anderson, who tonight is making his third consecutive start for Florida as the Panthers play host Washington.
“You just have to seize the moment when it comes and be ready for it,” Anderson told ESPN.com last night, explaining his recent success. “If you’re not ready when you get your opportunity, you’ll look foolish.”
from the Miami Herald,
(Craig) Anderson hasn’t surrendered a goal in 2 hours, 27 minutes, 46 seconds of game time. Philadelphia’s Daniel Briere was the last to beat him, on Feb. 23. Anderson, Florida’s backup to Tomas Vokoun, has also stopped 105 consecutive shots. Since the new year began, Anderson has won five of six starts.
‘‘This could happen to anyone, I’m just trying to work hard in practice to make sure I’d be ready when I did get the call,’’ said Anderson, who made 40 saves Tuesday after making 53 Sunday against the Islanders. ``It starts by working hard in practice and battling for the guys there. The guys are definitely pulling together. It’s good to see. These last two have just been terrific.’‘
more on the Panthers…