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Senators GM: Anderson will be the goalie we protect in expansion draft

Senators GM: Anderson will be the goalie we protect in expansion draft
Published On: Mon, May 29
Mar 15, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) scores on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery (29) for the win. The Senators defeated the Flyers 2-1 in a shoot-out at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion held the teams season-ending press conference on Monday and he spoke about the teams goalie situation heading into the expansion draft.

Each team must make at least one goalie available to Vegas who is either under contract for next season or is a qualified restricted free agent. Ottawa had a choice to either expose Andrew Hammond or Craig Anderson, both of whom have one season left on their deals. Dorion cleared up any question as to which of the two the team would protect.

Craig Anderson will be the goalie we protect, no ifs ands or buts about it, Dorion said.

Anderson, 36, is entering the final year of his contract that pays him $4.2 million against the salary cap. He won 25 games in 40 appearances this season, posting a .926 save percentage and 2.28 GAA for one of the best seasons of his career. In the playoffs, Anderson was stellar, posting a .922 save percentage to help lead the Senators to the Eastern Conference Final.

Dorion also said Anderson was playing through an injury in the playoffs "his back was in terrible shape during the Rangers series."

This means the team will leave 29-year-old Andrew Hammond available to the Vegas Golden Knights.

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