Craig Anderson spent Friday night shaking hands.

While he had played against the Ottawa Senators many times in his eight-year National Hockey League career, he didn't know a soul on the team.

So, from the moment he arrived on a private charter flight from Denver after being traded by the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Brian Elliott, it was one hasty introduction after another. Anderson tried to put faces to names.

That was the reason for all the hand-shaking on the bench during the Senators' home game against the Boston Bruins. It was an experience, Anderson said, that he would be saving for his memoirs.

"I guess if you could write a book about the behind-the-scenes stuff, that would go in it," Anderson said on Saturday. "I think it was a good experience, something that's going to be a good story down the road.

"I understand it's a business and you go where you're wanted and you're not (in places) where you're not wanted, but you just have to make the most of it. You lose a lot of good teammates through trades and whatnot, but you pick up 20 new friends wherever you go."

It was a good thing Anderson got the introductions out of the way quickly, as Senators head coach Cory Clouston gave the netminder the start Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

While Anderson was shocked to be traded and had to leave his wife, Nicole, behind at least temporarily, he knew being in Ottawa represented a good chance to shake the 13-15-3 record, 3.28 goals-against average and .897 save percentage he posted this season with the Avalanche.

He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, so playing well in the final weeks of the regular season could help him earn a full-time job with the Senators or another NHL club.

"I just want to go out there and give the team a chance to win," he said. "I've got a job to do, that's stop the puck. It's very simple. I have to control what I can control and I can't control what goes on off the ice.