Hamburglar helper? Sens reportedly testing market for Hammond
Ottawa’s goaltending situation has been in a state of flux this year, and could now get... fluxier?
(It’s a perfectly cromulent word.)
Per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Sens are reportedly testing the market on Andrew Hammond, this after acquiring Mike Condon via trade in the wake of Craig Anderson’s wife’s cancer diagnosis.
The report would suggest that Condon’s leapfrogged Hammond for the No. 2 gig. In two starts, Condon has stopped 58 of 59 shots and secured a pair of victories, including one shutout.
Hammond, 28, is best known for his magical run at the tail end of the ’14-15 campaign, during which he went 20-1-2 with a .941 save percentage to propel the Sens into the playoffs.
He finished seventh in Vezina voting that season, and even scored a handful of Hart Trophy votes.
Since then, Hammond has struggled to rediscover similar form. He went 7-11-4 last season with a .914 save percentage -- making just 21 starts -- and has really struggled in his two starts this year, sitting with a ghastly .793 save percentage and 4.50 GAA.
Hammond does have a history of success, though, and is on a reasonably cheap contract ($1.35M cap hit through 2018). And given the current goaltending landscape, he could be an option.
Dallas’ much-maligned duo of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle, and the Kings are back to the Peter Budaj-Jack Campbell combo after Jeff Zatkoff got hurt on Friday night (playing against the Sens, curiously enough.)