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Mike Condon's days with the Senators are numbered after Nilsson signing

Ottawa Senators goaltender Mike Condon
Ottawa Senators goaltender Mike Condon

Suddenly, the Ottawa Senators have to do something about their crowded crease.

With backup Anders Nilsson agreeing to a two-year extension Wednesday, it would appear the club will likely either try to deal backup Mike Condon or buy him out of the final year of his contract. The 29-year-old has one year left on a deal that pays him $3 million in salary and he essentially didn’t play last season because of a hip issue.

According to Capfriendly, the Senators can buy out Condon for $1.4 million that will be payable over the next two seasons. The organization will make every effort to try to find Condon a job because there may be a team that’s looking for a veteran for its AHL affiliate in case they lose someone during the season.

The reality is there’s no room for Condon in Ottawa. The club already has veteran Craig Anderson for one more season and Nilsson to take more playing time. The club doesn’t want Condon in Belleville because the organization wants to develop its younger goalies and there’s simply no room for him there.

Top prospect Filip Gustavsson is under contract for next season and the Senators are trying to sign restricted free agent Marcus Hogberg, who did a great job down the stretch. Joey Daccord signed out of Arizona State University and he’s expected to battle for a job in Belleville with Gustavsson and Hogberg if Hogberg doesn’t go back to Europe.

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