Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/3/14
Each time he flashed his glove or kicked out his legs Sunday night, Frederik Andersen showed the Ducks that he belonged in the NHL. Every time he turned away the Carolina Hurricanes, he furthered his case for sticking with the Ducks instead of returning to the minor leagues. Andersen made a career-high 49 saves in the NHL-leading Ducks’ 5-3 victory over the Hurricanes at the Honda Center. He improved to 15-3-0, tops among rookie goaltenders in the league, in what might very well have been his final appearance with the Ducks this season. Viktor Fasth completed his conditioning assignment with the Ducks’ American Hockey League affiliate in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday and is scheduled to join the team for Tuesday’s practice at the Honda Center. Andersen might very well be headed in the other direction. “I haven’t thought about it and I’m not going to think about it until something happens,” Andersen said. “That’s not my (call). It’s upstairs (in general manager Bob Murray’s office). They have tough decisions to make and I’ve just got to try and make it tougher. That’s all I can do.” The Ducks have an embarrassment of riches in goal, with Andersen serving as starter Jonas Hiller’s backup since Fasth suffered a lower-body injury in November. John Gibson, a fourth standout, has toiled in Norfolk since the beginning of the season. It’s possible the Ducks could trade one of the four before the NHL deadline Wednesday afternoon, but it’s believed they would like to see how Fasth rebounds after being sidelined for so many games. Reports on him from Norfolk were very good, according to coach Bruce Boudreau. “I’m glad I’m not making the decisions,” Boudreau said, smiling broadly. Of Andersen, Boudreau said: “He’s proven he can play in the NHL. Quite frankly, we’re blessed with four really good goalies. Everybody who’s come up has played great. Viktor proved himself last year. It’s really good when you’ve got that many riches in the most important position.”
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