You have to feel for Ottawa Senators fans this offseason…
Rumors continue to swirl around superstar captain Erik Karlsson and his future with the club. Ditto for last season’s leading scorer Mark Stone who was awarded a one year deal in arbitration. He’ll hit the open market as a free agent next offseason. Sniper Mike Hoffman has already been traded after it was uncovered that Karlsson and his wife Melinda had a restraining order on Hoffman’s fiancee Monika Caryk. Oh… and starting goalie Craig Anderson has reportedly requested a trade. What a mess…
Yesterday, Anderson met with the media for the first time since requesting a trade out of Ottawa and has since softened his stance. To be clear, he loves Ottawa. But if he’s going to stick around, things have the change.
Check it out:
Sens goalie Craig Anderson: “I’m too old for drama … Ottawa, I’ve been there for eight years now & that’s my home & I got no interest in going anywhere else as long as we can clean up what was going on this summer.”
“It’s out of my control…I can only go in there and control my emotions and my ability to play hockey. Control what you can control. The media is taking trades and whatnot, we as players can only go out and play.”
The big question though… how much of the Karlsson and Hoffman issue was Anderson aware of? “I know as much as everyone else does in the media. Like I said, my wife was in Florida for the last two years. I go to the rink, try to stay in my crease and do my job. I’m 37 years old and drama is not something that I do to well with.”
In other words: “I’m gettin’ too old for this s****!”
Here’s the thing… he’s not wrong. The 37 year old Anderson is signed for two more years at $4.75 million and is likely looking to end his career on a high note. Playing for an underachieving team like the Senators and answering to the media about “drama” as Anderson himself puts it, likely isn’t how he wants to go out. While their doesn’t appear to be any obvious vacancies around the NHL for a veteran starting goaltender, you have to imagine that Anderson would jump at the opportunity to jump ship.
It’s possible that Anderson’s hometown Chicago Blackhawks could be on the hunt for a starting goalie if Corey Crawford’s post-concussion symptoms continue to affect his career. The Philadelphia Flyers could also be a potential fit if starter Brian Elliott continues to struggle. What about another rebuilding squad like the Detroit Red Wings or Vancouver Canucks? Such a move wouldn’t necessarily put Anderson any close to competing for a Stanley Cup, but at least he’d be afforded a fresh start free from the drama in Ottawa.
Regardless… with all that’s transpired in Ottawa the past calendar year, you have to feel for not only loyal soldiers like Anderson, but for the entire Sens franchise in general.