This was hardly a surprising move, as it was known when Hammond went down with a groin injury that he'd be back in just a couple weeks. Matt O'Connor reportedly joined the Sens in part because he wanted at least a year to develop in the AHL and figured the team could give him that option. In a way, it's nice O'Connor got the chance to have his first career NHL start before heading down to the minors.
Though we had a few games of it last year, this is the true beginning of the Craig Anderson/Andrew Hammond era in Ottawa. With Ottawa playing back-to-back against the Blue Jackets and Penguins on Wednesday and Thursday, Hammond could very well see his first start of the season.