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Capitals sign Craig Anderson to PTO

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The Washington Capitals signed veteran goaltender Craig Anderson to a professional tryout contract, the team announced Sunday.

Anderson, who was an unrestricted free agent, heads to the U.S. capital after spending a decade with the Ottawa Senators.

He appeared in 34 games with Ottawa last year, posting a .902 save percentage and a minus-7.95 goals saved above average, along with 14 quality starts.

The 39-year-old's signing comes less than two weeks after the Capitals lost veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist for the season due to a heart condition.

Ilya Samsonov will likely be Washington's No. 1 goalie in 2020-21, so the battle for the backup job will be between Anderson and Vitek Vanecek.

Anderson is the Senators' all-time leader in games played by a netminder by a wide margin (435 to Patrick Lalime's 283). He's also tied with Robin Lehner for the franchise's all-time best save percentage (.914) while playing 349 more contests with Ottawa.

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion confirmed in late September the club wouldn't re-sign Anderson.

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