The Ottawa Senators have added to their roster a number of young players who were granted a work visa last year to play in the United States, but it was not enough to secure the players rights.
Ottawa Senators defenseman Craig Anderson said Friday that he would be open to playing in the NHL next season, but that the club will need to look to the waiver program.
“It’s really important to see what happens,” Anderson said.
That’s a very big difference between an NHL player and a player in another country.” “
But if they don’t want to, they can still play in North America.
That’s a very big difference between an NHL player and a player in another country.”
Ottawa Senators goalie Erik Karlsson said he’s open to the idea of playing in Canada, and added that if it doesn’t work out with his team, he would consider playing for Ottawa again.
“At the end of the day, we’ve got the resources, we’re very strong in the international arena, and the best team in the world will be able to make a decision,” Karlsson told reporters Friday.
“Obviously, it’ll depend on whether we get a good offer and a good contract.
But I’ve been here three years and I’m a very competitive person, so I’m open to it.”
Anderson has spent time in North American professional leagues and played for teams in Europe, including the Swedish Elite League, before playing in North Korea.
“That’s something that’s on my mind,” Anderson added.
“Hopefully I’ll be able play in this league.”
Anderson played two seasons with the Ottawa Senators after being drafted in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.