View Full Version : Looks of Avs' new No. 1 goalie deceiving

09-13-2009, 02:49 PM
There is no truth to the rumor that Craig Anderson will be the first NHL goaltender to wear a pocket protector on his uniform this season.

Anderson is the first to admit he doesn't look like the typical young pro athlete. Male pattern baldness appears to have taken hold sooner for him than most, and Anderson's physique probably won't be featured on the cover of Mus-cleMag anytime soon.

That's OK. Anderson will make $1.5 million this season and $2.125 million in 2010-11. Go ahead, make fun of him now.

Anderson also has the prestigious title of No. 1 goaltender for an NHL team, the Avalanche. After years of struggling to earn such a designation, Anderson will have it when the Avs open training camp this morning at Family Sports Center in Centennial.

Anderson, 28, is ready to prove the Avs made a good decision when they gave him a two-year, $3.6 million free- agent contract in July.

"You have to earn your ice time, and if you play well, you earn more. I just want to give our team a chance to win every time I'm in there," said Anderson, who posted a 15-7-5 record and .924 save percentage last season with the Florida Panthers.

"I'm excited to be here and that they went out and got me. There were a few goalies available at the time, but I seemed to be the footprint they were looking for. I just want to go out and stop the puck and have (management) come to you guys (media) and say they made the right decision."

The native of Park Ridge, Ill., is a slender 180 pounds but takes up a lot of net with his 6-foot-2 frame. He is known for his positioning ahead of time, for anticipating where the next pass or shot is going.

His save percentage last season is not misleading, as he faced an average of 31.5 shots per game in his 31 appearances for Florida and that average was watered down some because four of those appearances were in relief.

"He seems like a real good goalie," Avs assistant captain Milan Hejduk said. "We never played against him that much, but I'm impressed with him. He's very solid, doesn't give up many rebounds."

Anderson, who will wear No. 41, will compete in a division that includes starting goalies Roberto Luongo, Miikka Kiprusoff, Nikolai Khabibulin and Nicklas Backstrom.

"It's definitely a tough division and tough conference we're in," he said. "I'm just going to have to try and play my best every night out. From the guys I've played with already here, I'm impressed and ready to get going."

Anderson and the rest of the Avs' veterans underwent physicals and other testing Saturday at the Pepsi Center.http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_13325520

09-13-2009, 09:07 PM
what the hell is a pocket protector?
or is it some joke that went way over my head

09-13-2009, 10:37 PM
what the hell is a pocket protector?
or is it some joke that went way over my head

It's a nerd joke. Something people who carry pens in there pockets of there shirts wear.

09-13-2009, 10:45 PM