Breaking: #Sens agree to terms with goaltender Andrew Hammond on a three-year contract extension— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) May 20, 2015
That's one off-season goaltending question answered.
The $1.35m cap hit breaks down to $1.2m in 2015-16, $1.35m in 16-17 and $1.5m in 17-18 in terms of payout. It is backup money, albeit a little on the high end of that range. No word on any no-trade or no-move clauses.
We all know what Hammond did this season - he kick-started the miracle run with spectacular play during the Western road trip, finished with a 20-1-2 record and a .941 SV%. While his play declined towards the end of the season, it was still largely solid. The spectre of regression may be lurking around a corner, but if that happens it's a manageable contract.
The big question now becomes who goes out of Anderson and Lehner, when, and for what.