Senators netminder Craig Anderson spoke to the media Thursday for the first time since injuring himself in a freakish kitchen accident.
Just one problem — he didn’t want to talk about the freakish kitchen accident.
According to Dan Seguin of CBC Ottawa, Anderson refused to “talk specifics” about how his injury occurred.
What’s known is the 30-year-old netminder severed a pinky finger tendon while making some type of meal in his kitchen at home — but that’s all the information we’ll be getting, apparently.
No confirmation on what he was making, no report on what kind of knife he sliced himself with (or if it even was a knife) and no word if he was dicing, butterflying or Julienning.
Here’s what Anderson did confirm, according to TSN’s Brent Wallace:
— He has a modified blocker and is currently able to wear it.
— He still can’t hold a stick.
— He’s been skating on his own for the past few days.
— He’s still unsure when he’ll play again.
Thankfully for Ottawa, third-string netminder Robin Lehner has been brilliant in relief of Anderson. After backup Alex Auld looked shaky in a 5-3 loss to Boston, Sens head coach Paul MacLean turned to Lehner and the 20-year-old Swede responded brilliantly, first with a 5-2 win over the Islanders then with a sterling 32-save shutout over the Bruins.
And there’s even more good news for Ottawa between the pipes: Ben Bishop, acquired shortly before the trade deadline from St. Louis, made 41 saves in his AHL Binghamton debut on Tuesday in a 5-1 win over St. John’s.
Sens GM Bryan Murray says he expects the 6-foot-7 Bishop to play for Ottawa sometime next week.
UPDATE: Ken Warren of Postmedia News reports Anderson cut his finger “trying to chop frozen chicken.” We’re through the looking glass here, people…