Sens Bring Back Key Piece in Mike Condon
The resigning of Mike Condon to a three year $7.2 million contract is one crucial step the Ottawa Senators have taken in assuring their team is once again competing for the Eastern Conference Championship in this upcoming season. Not to mention, the Sens are getting Condon at a relatively cheap price for a goalie who had a career year in stats.
Condon played a key role last year for the Sens when starting goalie, Craig Anderson, had to miss multiple months due to his wife, Nicole Anderson, being diagnosed with a rare form of throat cancer. Throughout that stretch Condon was able to keep the Senators alive in an Atlantic Division that came down to the final games of the regular season to decide the final playoff spots.
Condon, with only one other year of NHL experience, finished the season with an impressive 19 wins, a 0.914 SV% and a 2.50 GAA. He played a very big role in the Sens success this season.
This shows the sheer importance of having a strong and reliable backup goalie in the NHL. The Sens are lucky to have one of Condon’s calibre. Not to mention, with Craig Anderson at age 36 and only having one year remaining on his contract, Condon could quite easily be the Sens future starting goalie while top goalie prospect Matt O’Connor continuous to develop in the minors.
Not to mention, the signing of Condon comes at an even more important time with news suggesting Ottawa will no longer be able to reacquire cornerstone defencemen Marc Methot from the Vegas Golden Knights as they have recently dealt him to the Dallas Stars.
It was initially reported that Ottawa was trying to arrange some sort of trade that would bring Methot back to Ottawa following his selection in this year’s expansion draft. Vegas was able to select Methot after Dion Phaneuf refused to waive his no trade clause. However, now with Methot being traded to Dallas that does not seem possible.
This leaves a gaping hole in Ottawa’s top 4 on the back end. Therefore, having a solid and reliable backup is even more important now that the Sens defensive core took a pretty big blow.