It was supposed to be Marian Hossa. Or, maybe, Jay Bouwmeester. Instead, after looking at the 2009-10 season, is there really any doubt that the Colorado Avalanche’s choice to sign Craig Anderson stands as the best move in last July’s free agent spree?
The Denver Post reports that the former Florida Panthers backup broke Patrick Roy’s franchise single season record with a Brodeur-like 71 starts. He bested the legendary goalie’s mark of 65, although the Post notes that Anderson (38 wins) fell two short of Roy’s record for wins in a season.
When you consider the fact that he signed a measly 2 year, $3.625 million contract (quite a bit less in total than the average annual cap hit for Bouwmeester and Hossa), I challenge you to find a better bang-for-the-buck move from July. Really, though, you don’t have to even qualify it: Anderson could be the best free agent move from a pure team impact standpoint.
The best news for Colorado Avalanche fans: Anderson will be able to grow with the young team for one more super-cheap year at only a little more than $1.8 million. Fans of the 14 teams who missed the playoffs should be asking themselves: will my team find the next Craig Anderson?
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.