The NHL has already seen a handful of starting goalies go down for their respective clubs with injury – but in the case of Craig Anderson, he’ll leave the team for a different matter.
It was confirmed by the Ottawa Senators on Thursday morning that Anderson, who has posted a 4-1-0 record and a .903 save percentage so far this season, has left the club to attend to a personal matter and will be gone indefinitely. Per the team‘s official statement:
“With the support of the entire organization, we’ve provided Craig with a leave of absence so that he can attend to a personal matter at home,” said Senators general manager, Pierre Dorion. “While we are uncertain of how long Craig may be away, he will continue to have our support for as much time as is needed. We will respect his privacy and will have no further comment at this time.”
The team has recalled goaltender Chris Driedger to replace the starter.
Driedger, drafted in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Senators, has spent the last three seasons in Ottawa’s system after going pro in 2014. The former WHL Calgary Hitmen netminder currently boasts a .961 save percentage through two games for the AHL’s Binghamton Senators, going 1-0-1 in the process and allowing just two goals on a collective 51 shots against.
The Senators will next play tomorrow, when they face the Calgary Flames in their second of a three-game trip through Western Canada.