Craig Anderson won't be at Scotiabank Place when the Senators clean out their lockers Monday.

The Senators goalie got his stuff together quickly Sunday morning and left for Florida to be with his wife Nicole, as the couple prepares for the birth of their first child.

Signed to a four-year, $12.75-million contract last month after being dealt here from the Colorado Avalanche, Anderson is happy to have job certainty heading into the summer.

"Getting one of the unknowns out of the way is huge," said Anderson following Ottawa's 3-1 loss in Boston Saturday. "It's one of the big goals I had coming here: I wanted to learn about the organization, the guys and I knew I wanted to be here.

"I can just worry about stopping the puck and not worry about the quote-unquote 'unknown' factors."

That's not just good news for Anderson, it's good news for the Senators. His arrival brought stability to a position that was shaky for the club. He finished with a 11-5-1 record, a .939 save percentage and a 2.05 goals-against average.