Another Dandy From Andy
I’ve yet to give my .02 on the Andy signing, but, based upon some of my previous statements, it should be pretty obvious where I stand on it.
I like it, I like it a lot.
And last night made clear why I like this signing. Not because Andy is a sure-fire, elite #1, but because he is a legitimate #1, who has chosen to be here.
He wasn’t traded here with term.
He wasn’t locked in by a RFA situation.
He isn’t here just because the money was too good to refuse, he didn’t even test free agency.
He’s here because he wants to play in this city, for this management group, for this roster.
Last night highlighted the difference solid goaltending can make for a team. The Sens were able to take advantage of a lack-luster Rangers, but, come the 3rd period, the game changed, and the Rangers clearly highlighted why they’re higher in the standings.
If not for Anderson, there was no way Ottawa would win that game, absolutely no way.
On the other coast, we had the opportunity to witness what happens when you’re lacking a legitimate #1. Colorado, and Elliott, once again were lit up, due to some very weak goaltending…the kind of goaltending Ottawa received for the vast majority of this past season.
Would Ottawa have made the post season had Andy been here from the start?
Who knows, but the odds would have been much, much better, that’s for damn sure.