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Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson is named the fisrt star in game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Canadian Tire Centre on March 28. (Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY Sports)

Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson is named the fisrt star in game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Canadian Tire Centre on March 28.

(Marc DesRosiers/USA TODAY Sports)

Senators extend veteran goaltender Craig Anderson for three years Add to ...

Craig Anderson has some-long term security with the Ottawa Senators after signing a three-year extension worth $12.6-million.

Anderson, the Senators’ starting goaltender since being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in 2011, is now under contract through the 2017-18 season.

The 33-year-old will make $4.75-million in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and then $3.1-million in 2017-18.

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Anderson, who put up an NHL-best .941 save percentage in the lockout-shortened 2013 season to help Ottawa make the playoffs amid injuries to Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza, dropped to .911 last year.

The Senators recently re-signed restricted-free-agent goaltender Robin Lehner to a $6.675-million, three-year contract.

The 23-year-old Lehner was considered Ottawa’s goaltender of the future, though Anderson’s new deal raises the question of when that future will come.

Still left on the Senators’ to-do list before the start of the regular season is the naming of a new captain after Spezza was traded to the Dallas Stars.

Spezza wore the “C” for only one year, replacing long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson

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