The Ottawa Senators have solidified their depth in net.
The Senators kicked off the year's busiest day of player movement by retaining one of their own on Monday morning, agreeing to terms with goaltender Anton Forsberg on a three-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $2.75 million.
Forsberg, who is in the final year of his current contract worth $900,000 per year, is now tied to Ottawa through the 2024-25 season and will compete with Matt Murray for the Senators' starting job moving forward.
It's amazing how much can change in a year.
12 months ago, no one wanted Forsberg, with the Chicago Blackhawks, Edmonton Oilers, and Carolina Hurricanes all competing to see who could waive him the most times before he seemingly lost his mind.
The Senators emerged as the benefactors of that sadistic game of musical chairs, however, claiming the 29-year-old in March of 2021, and proceeding to watch him blossom into the organization's most productive goaltender over the year to come.
Forsberg has somehow managed to rack up a decent .918 save percentage behind an atrocious Senators blueline this season, sitting with a 14-12-2 record through 31 appearances that looks a lot better when accounting for the fact that Forsberg has saved 8.9 goals above average.
With Murray struggling since arriving in Ottawa and still under contract through 2023-24 at a whopping $6.25 million, Forsberg has a real shot to become the Senators' starter as the team emerges from their multi-year rebuild next season and beyond.