The Washington Capitals have officially announced the signing of 39-year-old Craig Anderson to a one-year, $700k contract.
The Caps inked Anderson to the deal on Wednesday but were required to put him on waivers first before assigning him to the team’s taxi squad.
The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Craig Anderson to a one year, $700,000 contract!
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) January 14, 2021
At noon, Anderson cleared and officially became a member of the Capitals after not getting claimed by another NHL team.
These guys from yesterday all cleared waivers today:
Par Lindholm (Bos)
Devin Shore (Edm)
Rodrigo Abols (Fla)
Kevin Connauton (Fla)
Dmytro Timashov (NYI)
Criotoval Nieves (TB)
Craig Anderson (Wash)
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) January 14, 2021
Anderson appears to be the team’s third goaltender on the depth chart and could get a start if there’s a COVID-19 outbreak or one of the team’s two young goaltenders falter in the regular season. Anderson is the sixth member of the team’s taxi squad and the third goalie overall, joining minor-league goaltenders Pheonix Copley and Zach Furcale there.
The #Caps have also formed their initial taxi squad. It features Fs Carr and Pinho, D Fehervary and Gs Copley and Fucale. Meanwhile, G Anderson was signed and placed on waivers w/ the expectation he joins the taxi squad if he clears. Remember: This will change.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) January 13, 2021
This will be Anderson’s 18th season in the NHL. He spent the previous 10 seasons with the Ottawa Senators. He’s also had stints with the Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, and Chicago Blackhawks.
More from the Capitals:
The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Craig Anderson to a one year, $700,000 contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Anderson will be assigned to the Capitals’ Taxi Squad.
Anderson, 39, posted an 11-17-2 record, with a 3.25 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in 34 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. Anderson is the Senators all-time leader for goaltenders in games (435), starts (422), wins (202) and save percentage (.914) and is second in shutouts (28).
The 6’2″, 186-pound goaltender ranks ninth among active goaltenders with 289 career wins, while his .913 save percentage is tied for 14thamong goaltenders with at least 400 games played. In 648 career games, the Park Ridge, Ill., native has a record of 289-251-2-67 with 42 shutouts, a 2.84 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage with the Senators, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks.
A recipient of the Bill Masterton Trophy as the player who best exemplifies qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication in 2017, Anderson is 23-22 in 46 career playoff games with four shutouts, a 2.35 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
Anderson was selected with a third round pick (73rd overall) by Chicago in the 2001 NHL Draft.
Russian Machine Never Breaks is not associated with the Washington Capitals; Monumental Sports, the NHL, or its properties. Not even a little bit.
All original content on russianmachineneverbreaks.com is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)– unless otherwise stated or superseded by another license. You are free to share, copy, and remix this content so long as it is attributed, done for noncommercial purposes, and done so under a license similar to this one.