While Craig Anderson has been busy putting up some nice numbers as a Senator, he couldn't help but notice another goalie doing the same.

Yes, Antti Niemi did pretty well for himself this week when he signed a four-year, $15.2-million deal to stay on with the San Jose Sharks. That's a salary of $3.8 million for a veteran of 85 regular-season games — and 22 more in a playoff run that ended with him sipping from the Cup.

"He really had a great year so far this year, and I'm sure San Jose is looking for him to continue that great play into the playoffs," noted Anderson, who is eligible to test the free agent market himself July 1.

Did the Niemi deal set a mark that he'll be aiming at? It is in line with the pact Jaroslav Halat inked last summer (four years, $3.75 million per) with the St. Louis Blues.

"Hard to say," said Anderson. "(Niemi) has 85-90 games in the league so far, plus a Cup ring, so it's kind of hard to be a comparable. I've got a few more games, but I don't have a Cup ring."

Anderson, who makes $2.12 million, believes he has rediscovered his 2009-10 form (71 GP, 38 W, 2.63 GAA, .917 save percentage) since arriving in Ottawa. In five games as a Senator, he is 3-2 with a 1.19 GAA and .963 save percentage.

The Scotiabank Place fans have noticed the improvement at the position. After a Senators debut that saw him post a 1-0 shutout at the ACC, Anderson received a loud ovation when he was introduced as the starter in his first home game.

The cheers were even louder when his face flashed on the embarrassingly puny scoreboard prior to Tuesday's game against the Bruins.