Hammond suffers groin injury, Anderson to start vs. Canadiens
MONTREAL – The Hamburglar will stay on the shelf.
While Andrew Hammond was supposed to make the start for the Senators Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, he suffered a groin injury during the morning skate at the Canadian Tire Centre which meant Craig Anderson started and was scheduled to play the whole game.
Matt O’Connor has been recalled from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton and he dressed as the backup here.
Coach Dave Cameron isn’t sure how serious the injury is but hopes it isn’t that bad. The Senators may just be taking precautions because the Senators are set to open the season next Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center and there’s no reason to take any chances.
“Hammond isn’t going. He tweaked a groin,” said Cameron Thursday morning. “Tweaked groin is all I know. I have no time limit on it. I don’t know (how long he is out). I haven’t talked to anybody. I got the information relayed to me.”
Cameron said the injury happened during the morning skate. Hammond was on for most of the twirl and was the first one off the ice which left many with the impression that he was starting. He had also been using the starter’s end of the rink which is normally occupied by Anderson when he’s playing.
O’Connor, who had an impressive showing in camp, was sent to the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton when the roster was reduced by seven players and had just arrived at the club’s AHL camp when he got the call Thursday.
Cameron will likely wait until the weekend to decide if Hammond will suit up in the final pre-season game Saturday night against the Habs in Ottawa.
The Senators made one roster move Thursday by placing defenceman Mark Fraser on waivers at noon. If he clears Friday, and he should, he’ll be sent to the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Fraser, 29, signed a one-year, two-way contract Monday that will pay him $125,000 in the AHL and $800,000 in the NHL.