Well, it appears the Washington Capitals have begun the process of trying to replace Henrik Lundqvist in net after Lundqvist announced he would be unable to join the team he signed a one-year deal with in free agency this offseason. The Caps have extended a professional tryout offer to veteran netminder Craig Anderson.
Anderson spent the last 10 seasons with the Ottawa Senators and was one of a handful of goalies who went unsigned in this odd and short NHL offseason. The 39-year-old went 11-17-2 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 34 games last season.
The Capitals PR department confirmed the news and it comes a couple of months after the Senators announced that they would not be offering a new contract to Anderson. Anderson had said he hoped to continue his NHL career and will get the chance to continue to do so.
Anderson’s Job to Lose
At this point, it’s his job to lose as the Capitals need three goaltenders for the season and Ilya Samsonov is really the only backstop with any NHL experience. Without another addition, the Caps have two AHL goaltenders, Vitek Vanecek and Pheonix Copley, to fill the hole left by Lundqvist’s exit.
Unless Anderson comes in and is absolutely terrible, the Capitals will likely sign him to a one-year deal and league minimum to fill the NHL requirements of carrying the right amount of players and to satisfy the taxi squad obligations.
The Capitals have been strangely and relatively quite on the goaltending front since Lundqvist announced he was seeking medical treatment for a heart condition. Perhaps that lack of urgency was because the Caps figured this was the route they were always going to go.
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