Anderson envisions future with Senators and may retire if season does not resume

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Craig Anderson wonders if he played his last game with the Ottawa Senators, if not the last in his NHL career.

The goalkeeper said Wednesday that he was preparing as if the NHL season would resume, although there is no schedule as to when this could happen after his March 12 break due to concerns. surrounding the coronavirus. If it restarts, Anderson said he was still hungry to play. Otherwise, he does not know if he will retire.

“I’m sort of trying to stay in the moment as best as I can,” said Anderson. ” [And] focus on the assumptions with what we are going through until the current season. … Can we come back and finish our season? “

Anderson, who turns 39 on May 21, may become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but said he was not looking that far.

“We will cross the bridge of the future on the road, but for now, I miss the match like crazy,” he said. “I want to be on the ice. I want to be with my teammates. Right now, that’s how I look, it’s that I want to compete and love what I do every day. “

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Anderson said he knew the Senators’ 3-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Kings on March 11 could have been his last game with Ottawa. Anderson, in his 10th season with the Senators, is their leader game by a goaltender (435) and wins, having passed 202-168-46 with a 2.83 goals-against average and save percentage of, 914.

He’s 11-17-2 this season with a 3.25 GAA and a save percentage of .902.

“I’m just rolling things up right now and letting the chips fall where they can,” said Anderson. “As an individual, I hope we can go back and play and finish the year, but it is beyond my control.

“If it was something I may have done to [mess] things for me, I would be in a different boat, but right now I’m not too concerned about that. [My future] is not under my control, so I don’t want to put too much energy into this stuff. “

Anderson, who is 289-251-67 with two ties in 17 NHL seasons with the Senators, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. said he had a plan for life after his playing days.

“There will always be an involvement in motorsport at some point,” said Anderson. “The trail is where my brother and dad and I go. This is our place. “

Anderson, who drove stock cars on tracks in the Ottawa Valley, found a way to channel his love of racing during the pandemic. His company A41 eSports organizes simulated races in which the public can participate.

“The virtual world, sim racing, professional pilots go there and refine their tools without going on the track,” he said. “I would like to think that I use sim racing to learn different tracks, different cars. We will see where it goes. “



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