It’s being widely reported on Friday morning that the Ottawa Senators are shopping goaltender Craig Anderson. Could – or should – the Blackhawks consider bringing him back to Chicago?
The Hawks are openly looking to upgrade their backup spot behind Corey Crawford, but the organization continues to be vague about Crawford’s status for next season. They “expect” him to be ready to start next season.
Anderson, 37, was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round in 2001. He had a rough 2017-18 season and has two years left with a $4.25M cap hit. Ottawa is a dumpster fire right now and is looking at a potential rebuild if/when Erik Karlsson leaves as a free agent in 12 months.
Reunions have been a trend over the last couple years with the Hawks front office, coming with varying degrees of success. If the Blackhawks want a veteran behind Crawford without committing new money to a free agent, Anderson could be a player they look at to fill a need.
The last time Anderson, a Park Ridge native, put on a Hawks sweater Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook were rookies.