-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts
Well, it’s July 1st. And along with sweating through every shirt you own becasue of the ridiculous heat, it’s now time to start sweating over who your team did (or didn’t) sign during free agency. The market opens up today, and there has been a ton on action already, coming up on 2:30pm.
The most important signing, of course, is that of Craig Anderson, who signed with the Avs today for a 2-year deal worth $3.6 million. Not a bad move, I don’t think. Andrew Raycroft is a free agent as of this morning, not to mention a disappointment. Anderson started in the NHL back in 2002 with Chicago, and stayed for four seasons before heading down to Florida for three seasons. By no means has he been a starting goaltender, but last season he made his highest showing yet, playing 31 games and posting a 15-7-5 record. Of course the genius and future-telling Adrian Dater put his “money” on Ty Conklin (already signed with St. Louis Blues for two years and $6.2 mil) or Martin Biron…
Short of Anderson being Patrick Roy in disguise, I’m not quite sure he’s the answer. But the Avs don’t have anyplace else to go right now. Without the money to spend on a big-ticket goalie (need to save some space in case Joe Sakic is returning) and being unable to rely on Peter Budaj, Anderson is the way to go — for now. This leap-of-faith is in the same vein as making Greg Sherman GM and Joe Sacco head coach — it’s going to be an interesting season. Of course, for college girls all over the state of Colorado, this is good news.