Mike Condon Acquisition
With his second trade as General Manager, Pierre Dorion decided to upgrade on the backup goaltending position, by acquiring Mike Condon from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 201-7. That pick would be used to select Jan Drozg, who has not suited up in the NHL yet and is currently playing in the KHL.
Mike Condon would immediately impress, saving 27 shots in a shutout against the Vancouver Canucks in his Ottawa Senators debut, and it would start quite the run for him. Longtime starting goaltender Craig Anderson had to step aside from the team to be with his wife Nicole who was battling cancer, and Condon would end up suiting up in 40 games that season. At one point he even played 26 games in a row, and as far as I can tell, no other goaltender in the NHL has played that many games in a row since. In fact, I couldn’t even remember who was his backup goalie in that stretch because he just didn’t play. After looking it up, I can confirm it was Andrew Hammond, who would suit up in 6 games that entire season.
Unfortunately for Condon, he would not stay with the Senators long after that season, but I’m more than willing to say that the price Dorion paid to acquire him was more than worth it. Condon got the Sens to the playoffs while Anderson needed to be with his family, and upon his return, he took the reigns back and got the Sens to the Eastern Conference Finals. Anderson’s play was phenomenal in the playoffs but it can be argued that it doesn’t even come close to happening if it weren’t for Condon stepping up when needed.