After having a terrific season with the Colorado Avalanche last year, Anderson got off to a sluggish start this season and never seemed to recover. In 33 games with the Avs, Anderson was 13-15-3 with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage, far below what he did last season.
Seeing how the Avs and Anderson were struggling, Avalanche GM Greg Sherman traded him to the Ottawa Senators for goaltender Brian Elliot back on Feb. 18. It would appear that the Senators got the better end of the deal in a big way.
In Ottawa, Anderson has completely turned his season around. In 13 games, Anderson is 8-4-0 with a 1.84 goals-against average, a .945 save percentage and two shutouts. Pretty outstanding numbers on a team that is not going to come close to making the playoffs this season.
With the Senators, Anderson has looked calm, confident and reminiscent of the goaltender he was last season. He has kept his team in almost every game he has played and has shown the Senators organization and its fans that he can win games for his hockey club.
Senators GM Bryan Murray had seen enough in Anderson after a few games to sign him to a four-year deal. Anderson will earn $2.75 million next season, $3 million in 2012-13 and $3.5 million in the final two years of his deal.
As a 29-year-old netminder, Anderson still has a lot of hockey left in him. The Sens are banking on that he his best hockey left in him.
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