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Senators extend veteran goaltender Craig Anderson for three years

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

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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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