The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Anton Forsberg to a one-year, $900K contract extension.
“Anton’s addition has been a steadying one for us this season,” said general manager Pierre Dorion in a team-issued statement. “He possesses a calm and controlled playing style, has good size and ability, is a tireless worker with good habits and is a good teammate. He’s worked hard in practice to earn his playing opportunities and this contract extension.”
The 28 year-old Forsberg — drafted 188th overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011 — was claimed by off waivers by the Senators on March 17th, coming from the Winnipeg Jets. Since arriving in Ottawa, he has posted a record of 2-3-1, with a .910 save percentage and 3.18 goals against average.
Something of an NHL journeyman, the Harnosand, Sweden native has appeared in 54 NHL games for the Senators, Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, and Carolina Hurricanes, respectively. He boasts a career record of 14-28-5, with a .902 save percentage, and 3.21 goals against average.
Forsberg has proved to be a welcome addition to Ottawa, in light of the rash of injuries the team has faced in net. Both Matt Murray and Joey Daccord have missed the bulk of the season, and won’t appear in the year’s last four games. Marcus Hogberg was also sidelined for an extended period, and hasn’t played up to the same calibre as he did in 2020. Filip Gustavsson has played exceptionally well, but the Senators have been cautious not to over-extend the 22 year-old.
Given the fact that Hogberg’s contract expires at the end of this season, Forsberg’s new deal likely indicates that the former won’t be extended.
With the Seattle Expansion Draft also around the corner, expect Forsberg to be exposed to the league’s newest team. He will be an unrestricted free agent upon the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season.