August 26, 2014

Michael Amato

2014-08-26

Thoughts on Anderson and Lehner, Backstrom, Harding, and Kuemper, and Brodeur.

 

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The Craig Anderson extension is puzzling and bad news for Robin Lehner owners. With Anderson making more than $4 million annually and Lehner pulling in $2.2 million, the Sens are dishing out a fair chunk of change for their goalies. Well, it’s not a crazy amount, but when you factor in one will be sitting on the bench every night, you have to wonder if they could better use that cash to upgrade their roster elsewhere.

 

 

Lehner is clearly the goaltender of the future, so it probably would have made sense to let Anderson play out the final year of his deal (or at least part of it) and reassess things later in the season. 

 

Lehner is still only 23, but with fairly solid numbers in brief playing time over the last three years it makes you wonder if the team has some reservations about turning to him full-time. Then again, Anderson has been spectacular for the majority of his time in Ottawa, so maybe they just don’t want to let him go yet. 

 

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Sticking with goaltending tandems for a moment, what do you make of the Minnesota Wild’s situation next year? All indications are Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding will be coming back to start the year, so where does that leave Darcy Kuemper?