Panthers, goalie Anderson agree to one-year deal

Updated: July 17, 2006, 5:05 PM ET
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Craig Anderson
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SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers continued the overhaul of their goaltending corps.

The Panthers on Monday agreed to terms with goaltender Craig Anderson, who had been with the Chicago Blackhawks, on a one-year, $650,000 contract.

The addition of Anderson comes less than a month after Florida packaged starting goaltender Roberto Luongo for three players, including right winger Todd Bertuzzi and goaltender Alex Auld, in a draft-day deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

Auld, who became just the fourth goaltender in Canucks history to record 30 or more wins in a season with a 33-26-6 record, is slated to be the starter ahead of Anderson, who should fill the backup role with Jamie McLennan signing with the Calgary Flames.

"Craig is a talented goaltender who we are pleased to have on our club," Panthers general manager Mike Keenan said. "He is hard-working and will play an important role in our team's success next season."

A third-round pick of the Blackhawks in 2001, the 25-year-old Anderson went 6-12-4 with a 3.32 goals-against average in 29 games, including 21 starts, last season.

In 56 career games over three seasons with Chicago, Anderson is 12-29-4 with a 3.19 GAA.