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Capitals sign veteran G Craig Anderson to one-year deal

Field Level Media
15 Jan 2021, 04:05 GMT+10

The Washington Capitals signed goaltender Craig Anderson to a one-year, $700,000 contract Thursday.

The 39-year-old veteran will be assigned to the Capitals' taxi squad, according to the announcement from general manager Brian MacLellan.

Anderson signed a professional tryout agreement with the team on Dec. 27, about two weeks after the Capitals lost Henrik Lundqvist for the season due to a heart condition.

The winningest goaltender in Ottawa Senators history, Anderson was not offered a contract with the Senators for 2021-22 after going 11-17-2 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 34 games (31 starts) last season.

He has a career 289-251-69 record with 42 shutouts with the Chicago Blackhawks (2002-06), Florida Panthers (2006-09), Avalanche (2009-11) and Senators. He is Ottawa's all-time leader for goaltenders in games (435), starts (422), wins (202) and save percentage (.914).

The Capitals open the season Thursday night in Buffalo with the first of back-to-back games against the Sabres. Ilya Samsonov gets the start in net for Washington, with 25-year-old rookie Vitek Vanecek as the backup goaltender.

--Field Level Media

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