The long and icy road

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson navigated waivers, minors before finding a home

Updated: May 22, 2013, 12:13 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

OTTAWA, Ontario -- I can recall my first conversation with netminder Craig Anderson. It was during the 2010-11 regular season in Denver. Anderson had just returned from injury and was not playing well. In spite of a strong season the previous year, when he almost single-handedly willed the Colorado Avalanche to a surprise playoff berth, he had not been offered a contract extension.

At the time, it looked like Anderson was about to punch yet another ticket on his meandering career ...

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