Sabres add two goalies via free agency

Buffalo has signed veterans Craig Anderson and Aaron Dell to one-year deals

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – The Buffalo Sabres spent all day on Wednesday watching goaltenders being traded and signed around the league. They lost Linus Ullmark to the Boston Bruins, as well as Carter Hutton to the Arizona Coyotes.

General manager Kevyn Adams finally got his goaltenders late Wednesday night with the signings of NHL veterans Craig Anderson and Aaron Dell.

Anderson spent parts of 10 seasons with the Ottawa Senators between 2011 and 2020, going 202-168-46. The 18-year veteran had a 2.84 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.

The 40-year-old was drafted in the third round of the 2001 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. He spent three seasons with the Blackhawks, before spending another three years with the Florida Panthers, and then parts of two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche.

Last year, Anderson was the Washington Capitals' taxi squad goalie. He did go 2-1-0 with 2.13 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. He also played in two playoff games for the Caps, going 1-1.

Overall, Anderson doesn’t have good career numbers, going 291-252-69 with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

Anderson has a stellar reputation as a man and a teammate around the NHL.

As for Dell, he's signed a two-way deal with the Sabres after playing last season with the Devils. The 32-year-old has only played 114 NHL games with the Devils and San Jose Sharks, going 49-39-12 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.

After spending three years at the University of North Dakota, Dell was signed as a free agent by the Sharks in 2015.

With Dell getting a two-way contract, that tells me Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is going to get every opportunity in training camp to take over the net for the Sabres. Luukkonen is 22, but has only played four career NHL games. He’s spent two years with the Rochester Americans, but has only played 25 AHL games.

Both Anderson and Dell are signed on for one year at $750,000.

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