GARRIOCH: If it’s for Craig Anderson with the Ottawa Senators, then his number 41 should be removed


The NHL hasn’t thrown in the towel at the end of its season, but we may not get a chance to see Craig Anderson don the No. 41 jersey again with the Ottawa Senators.

Anderson, 38, who returned home to Coral Springs, Florida in early March, is with his wife Nicholle, and the couple’s two children Jake and Levi, does not know what will happen next, but he try to be ready for anything, because NHL players are always asked to stay isolated.

“We are all hoping for the same result, we all want to start playing again and doing what we are supposed to do,” Anderson said in a conference call with Ottawa journalists on Wednesday. “I can’t say for sure in one way or another, but we really hope we get back to normal and can come back to end the season. “

And, yes, even if it means playing in an empty arena.

“Right now, everyone’s looking for something to watch on TV,” said Anderson. “I think you’ve seen NASCAR and Indycar jump into the virtual world. We do not have the luxury of being able to practice this sport as a video game. We are open to anything. We would have a lot of fans to be able to tune in if we could go on a national broadcast with a hockey game.

“Myself, along with a lot of other players, I’m sure they all agree just because it brings us back to our daily routine of doing what we love to do, but it also gives our fan base , even though they are not at the match, it still gives them something to listen to at home to break the monotony of this break. “

While Anderson’s performance in the club’s 3-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Kings before the paused season due to COVID-19 was his last game in the club net, he did not give much thought to For his future, he is trying to stay ready at home in case he is called back to Ottawa and hopes to have the opportunity to end the season in one way or another.

“Right now we have had a lot of time to immerse ourselves in the family and spend time with the kids and my wife and go there,” said Anderson. “I haven’t given much thought to future plans. I kind of try to stay in the moment as best I can and stay in the present so to speak and focus on the assumptions of what we are going through right now.

“Are we all focusing on being able to come back and finish our season? We will cross the bridge for future plans on the road. Right now, I’m missing the game like crazy, I want to compete with my teammates and right now, I would also lean, is that I want to participate and keep doing what I love every day. “

If Anderson is not back here next season, he had a brilliant career in Ottawa and that would certainly make him a candidate to have his number retired on the road with winger Chris Neil # 25.

If the Senators don’t come back to finish this season, the next time people here see Anderson, it may be in the center of the ice with his family, as his jersey could be lifted over the rafters of the Canadian Tire Center to join number 11 by Daniel Alfredsson. and No. 4 by Chris Phillips.

Now if you think I am getting ahead of myself, I am because it has not been ruled out in any way – despite wishful thinking – that the Senators will not finish the 2019-2020 once the threat of the new coronavirus in the world has passed and general manager Pierre Dorion will not take a list decision anytime soon.

Anderson spent a decade with the Senators. In 435 appearances in the club net, he has a record of 202-168-46 with a save percentage of .914 and an average of allocated goals of 2.84 while he is also in form for 40 playoff games with a record of 21-18-0, a Percentage of savings of .928 and 2.30 GAA. His efforts during the club’s trip to the Eastern Conference final in 2017 were inspiring.

Anders Nilsson was expected to reach the leading role this season and this did not happen because he suffered a concussion in mid-December which prevented him from staying for the rest of the year. ‘year.

Dorion said last week that Nilsson had passed his basic test but had to train before making the decision to put him back in the net. If the Senators have a chance to prepare for some summer hockey and Nilsson is able to play, it would give the club a better idea of ​​what is going on in the net because Marcus Hogberg has a contract in hand unique next season.

So if this game in Los Angeles was really the last, would Anderson feel like he was leaving on his own terms?

” It’s hard to say. We are at the point where we are in an unprecedented area, “said Anderson. “We are in a time where we did not expect. I’m just rolling with it and letting the chips fall where they can. As an individual, I hope we can resume the game and finish the rest of the year.

“But it’s beyond my control. If this is something that I did this kind of stuff for myself, I would be in a different boat. Right now, I’m not too worried about it. I don’t want to put too much energy into this stuff. “

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