Ottawa Senators Secure Mike Condon for Three Years

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 21: Mike Condon
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 21: Mike Condon /

Despite rumours of his departure Mike Condon has resigned with the Ottawa Senators.

There had been reports for weeks leading up to free agency that Mike Condon and General Manager Pierre Dorion were struggling to find common ground. Fortunately they were able to get a deal done and Condon signed on June 28th. Signing for three years at 2.4 million dollars per season this contract could be a bridge deal. A bridge deal for those who are unfamiliar, is a contract signed by a player who is somewhat unproven. Generally the player has had one good season and they sign a shorter, cheaper deal as a “prove it” contract. If they continue to perform they will cash in on the next deal.

Condon is the Future

With Craig Anderson entering the final year of his contract at the age of 36, it adds credibility to the idea that Condon could be looking for a big payday in a few years. Following this contract Anderson will likely sign one year deals for the rest of his career. By the time Condon’s contract is up Anderson will be 39. While he could still be playing, there is a good chance he will retire by then. This will allow Condon to sign a contract as a starter. In this time Condon will have to prove that he has the ability to be the number one goaltender for the Ottawa Senators.

The Contract

Taking a look at the contract it initially looks like an expensive deal. However, when you take a closer look at the Sens’ cap situation in goal they are actually doing fairly well. Anderson is fairly cheap for a starter which means the Sens can afford to splurge a little bit for the backup. Especially when you consider the fact that Condon could be replacement for Anderson in a few years it’s worth it to spend a little extra money now for security in goal in the future.

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Low Risk Scenario

Mike Condon could be the goalie of the future in Ottawa. A natural replacement for Anderson, Sens management spent a little extra to make sure he stayed with the team. Best case scenario Condon becomes a very cheap starter, worst case scenario he becomes a slightly expensive backup with a chance to become the starter in the future. This is a good deal and an important one for the future of the Ottawa Senators.