In the 2016-17 Season, the Ottawa Senators utilized three goalies on their way to the Eastern Conference Finals, this piece will break down each goalie in a where are they now style.
The longtime Ottawa Senator will forever be recognized as the greatest goaltender in franchise history. Craig Anderson played for the Ottawa Senators for 10 years, amassing 202 wins and 168 losses, plus 46 overtime losses over 435 games, sporting a save percentage of .914 anda. goals against average of 2.84. He sits first in basically every Ottawa Senator goaltending record. He had to miss a good chunk of the 2016-17 season as he spent the time with his wife who was battling (and successfully beat) cancer. He would come back during the season and lead the team to the eastern conference finals, ultimately losing against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but not due to a lack of trying. Anderson performed absolutely amazingly during the playoffs, as he was known to do. Andy always stepped it up in the playoffs. He would win the Bill Masterton trophy that season, awarded to the player who best shows dedication to hockey. Andy would stay in Ottawa until the end of the 2019-20 season when he would not re-sign. He would sign a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals, and become the oldest goalie to appear in an NHL playoff game. After that season, he would sign with the Buffalo Sabres on a one-year deal, mainly serving as a mentor to Buffalo’s young team, and signed a one-year extension. He played his final game this season, against the Ottawa Senators, which was pretty poetic. Andy’s my all-time favorite goalie and is my home screen wallpaper on my phone.
Needing an upgrade in the backup slot, Mike Condon was acquired for the low price of a sixth-round pick. He served very well in this role, being upped to the role of starter when Anderson had to take time away, and wound up playing 26 games in a row, which still has not been beaten yet. 26 games in a row by a goalie is easily the closest we will ever see to Glenn Hall’s 502 games played in a row. Condon would not last much longer with the sens however as his play would deteriorate and he would eventually be waived and would not see NHL ice again. He has since retired.
Entering the year as the backup goalie, Andrew Hammond played decently but the Sens needed more consistency in net, so they acquired Condon. Hammond would be relegated to the third-string job, and would not play again for the Ottawa Senators after this season. He served as Condon’s backup when he played 26 games in a row. Hammond would be part of the mega-package that would land the Ottawa Senators Matt Duchene. Hammond would play in one regular season game with the Avalanche but played in 3 during the playoffs. He would not be signed to an extension and would test free agency for the first time in his career. He signed a one-year contract with the Wild, and would mainly serve as their AHL goalie. He then signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres, as their AHL goalie. At the end of this contract, he would return to Minnesota on another one-year contract, as their third-string goalie. He re-signed on a one-year basis. Hammond was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on February 12th 2022, and played in his first NHL game in five years, against the New York Islanders, and would win in the shootout. He would later play the Senators and win. Hammond would later be traded to the New Jersey Devils as he was no longer needed when Jake Allen returned from injury. He finished out his season with them but left at the end of the season. He signed a one-year contract in the KHL, but would not last long before announcing his retirement due to an ankle injury he suffered while with the Canadiens.
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I figured that would be a fun way to close out this mini-series. It was fun doing research on this 2016-17 season that saw quite a lot of ups and downs.