The club is working through an uncertain goaltending situation, with Craig Anderson sure to miss some time with his wife’s cancer diagnosis and Andrew Hammond out with at least another week with a groin injury.
“Craig’s situation is very fluid at the moment,” general manager Pierre Dorion said. “We don’t [know] when the possibility [is] of him leaving. Why Mike Condon? Because we are getting someone who we know has NHL experience, that had a very good season last year. We saw him quite a few times. We think he is a very good NHL goalie and he’s going to help us win.”
The Senators sent a fifth-round pick for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft to the Penguins for Condon.
Ottawa had been leaning on Anderson, but the situation with his wife requires the utmost care and attention. One expects the Senators will give him all the time and space he needs.
At the same time, there is a hockey team to run.
Condon debuted in October of 2015 for the Montreal Canadiens and started 51 games in the 2015-2016 season after the injury to Carey Price pushed him into the spotlight. Condon went 21-25-6, with a .903 save percentage and a 2.71 goals against average. He earned one shutout that season and was traded to the Penguins, where he played just one period of one game since.
So Condon may only half 56 or so games of registered NHL action on his side, but he’s used to tough situations and the Senators like him for the role.
The 26-year-old went undrafted and was signed by Montreal in 2013 after completing college eligibility at Princeton.
The Penguins came calling after an injury to goalie Matt Murray (sound familiar?) and claimed Condon off waivers in October of 2016. With the recovery of Murray, Pittsburgh’s interest in the goalie ran out and Ottawa’s opportunity presented itself.
“We can’t afford to not field the best team we feel we can field to give us a chance to win,” added Dorion. “With someone that’s played as much as Mike over the last year, we just felt it was a really good fit for us.”