The Ottawa Senators just inked two goalies in the past month, each with a three-year contract. Veteran Craig Anderson signed his extension, which leaves him playing until the 2017-2018 season with a $12.6 million dollar extension.
Anderson, 33, had a tough last season as his .911 save percentage (out of 53 games) left him ranking 34th among eligible NHL goalies. Robin Lehner’s numbers, the Senators second goalie, were not much better. Lehner had a .913 save percentage in 36 games.
According to NHL.comAnderson says the 23-year-old Lehner has improved a lot over the last couple years. Both goalies say they have a good relationship with each other and believe that the friendly competition for ice time will make each a better player.
The goalies are striving for time on the ice and for better records, which inevitably leaves them competing against each other. Ideally, this competition will provide more motivation for the players, but it may also cause some frustration and complex issues.
By re-signing the players, the Senators are showing some forms of continuity and an attempt to constantly better the team in both the present and future. However, this may not work out as the Senators hoped. Even though both goalies appear to be on the same page publicly, whether or not the competition will positively impact the team has yet to be seen.
Writer: Clairissa Baker is a student at Boston University working towards a dual degree in journalism and international relations, and she spends a lot of her spare time following hockey. Clairissa can be reached on Twitter @ClairissaBaker.
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