When the Craig Anderson signing was announced earlier in the week, two prevailing opinions standout:
- People don’t like the length of the contract’s term; or
- People like the deal and cite the question “Who else could the Senators have brought in?”, to support their argument.
Well, since I’ve already tackled the length of the term issue, it’s probably appropriate to speak on the latter subject.
When Bryan Murray announced the signing on Monday, he said, "Obviously, we feel that he's brought stability. His position is one that we need if you're going to retool, rebuild, and improve this hockey club going forward. I believe our players have played with confidence with both Curtis and him. But very definitely, Craig has stepped in and allowed our team to play hockey the way that we think we need to play going forward. With that secure building block, now we can address some other issues."
If you infer from Murray’s comments, it sounds like he considers Anderson to be somewhat of a proven commodity. (You can make our own judgment on whether the 10 or so games of experience with the Senators organization is a large enough sample size to make this evaluation.) In fairness to Murray, the players do seem to be playing more comfortably… although, that might have more to do with the loss of Brian Elliott than is being given credit for.