Craig Anderson has quickly become a fan favourite in the nation's capital. The 29-year-old, who blanked the Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 in a shootout on his first game with Ottawa on Saturday, will start Wednesday when the Senators suit up against one of the new goalie's former teams — the Florida Panthers. The Senators sent goaltender Brian Elliott to the Colorado Avalanche last week in exchange for Anderson, and head coach Cory Clouston expects to give the new netminder plenty of work. "It's an opportunity for us to get to know him, and an opportunity for him to get to know us, and an opportunity for him to play a lot of games down the stretch," Clouston said. Anderson, who received the loudest ovation when the players were introduced during Monday's skills competition, said he could see himself permanently in an Ottawa uniform. "It's a good feeling (to see) that . . . the fans are so welcoming to a new addition," he said. "For me, it's just a matter of going out there and giving the team a chance to win and working as hard as I can, to earn the respect of people who are paying for the tickets." And while the applause continues, he said, "I'm just going to ride the roller-coaster you guys have put me on." While Anderson was entertaining the hometown fans, goaltender Pascal Leclaire introduced himself to his new teammates Monday — the Binghamton Senators. The oft-injured netminder, on the mend from a lower-body injury suffered in December, was assigned to Binghamton of the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint.
Anderson expected to get lots of playing time with Senators
Ottawa Citizen | Feb 22