Bryan Murray has done a lot in the past few days, but he’s done something even better today. While thinking of the future, he’s also put in some thought to the present and decided to make a big change where Ottawa needs it the most: in between the pipes. Goaltender Brian Elliott was traded away to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Craig Anderson. While it may not have been the move that everyone expected, it’s a good one for many reasons.
On the one hand, a lot of fans wanted to see Pascal Leclaire go, not because he’s a bad goaltender, but because he’s injury-prone in the way that very few people ever are. While they often say that all the money in the world can’t buy you health, nobody seems to be exemplify this better on the Ottawa squad than Leclaire, who Ottawa paid a hefty price for in exchange for the offensively talented Antoine Vermette, who could have done a lot of good this season. It makes sense that this move, while desirable, was not feasible. Very few teams would take on Leclaire’s contract and Elliott was the only candidate that could be moved for a decent exchange.
On the other hand, Elliott and Anderson have very similar records on the season. Their numbers are pretty even on a lackluster season. Elliott’s are more indicative of the bad season that Ottawa has had in general, while Anderson’s are more a reflection of some injuries. Elliott has the advantage of being the healthy, dependable guy in this situation, while Anderson has some good skills. It is hopeful that Anderson will be ready and raring to go once he makes it into town. Ottawa is definitely ready for him.
While it’s a good decision to move current players for future prospects, goaltending has been a sore issue for Ottawa and the need to resolve it has been a bitter fight. The Elliott and Lehner model was going to compromise Lehner’s development and hinder Elliott’s ability to play with confidence, something that he can only do when he gets regular starts and gains some momentum. Hopefully, Colorado will provide him with that security and confidence, while Anderson will get a chance to get back to the game form that he had in years past.
Unfortunately, Ottawa lacks scantily clad blonde ice girls for Anderson. Andy has become affectionately known the man who leers at ice girls by puck daddy online- it is hoped that the lack of distraction in a family-friendly Ottawa environment will encourage Andy to up his game, rather than slack.
About the Author
Written by Mika Oehling
Office worker and sports nerd. Cannot play a professional sport to save my life, but love to write. Prone to rants, raves, snarky humour and caustic commentary. My team's the Ottawa Senators. Author of Armchair Hockey, a work of humourous fiction released this year and available for sale online at Chapters and Amazon.