Andersen to face the Maple Leafs for the first time with the Hurricanes on Monday
Frederik Andersen Kicks off a new era in his NHL career with the Carolina Hurricanes and said he will face his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, on Monday with mostly fond memories of that organization and that city.
The goaltender played five seasons for the Maple Leafs before agreeing to a two-year, $ 9 million (average annual value of $ 4.5 million) contract with the Hurricanes on July 28. Toronto’s visit to Carolina will be Andersen’s first time on the opposing team. side since leaving the Maple Leafs.
“I really enjoyed living in Toronto,” the 32-year-old said on Friday. “It’s an amazing city with amazing people. There are a lot of friendships I made there, and I will cherish them for a long time.”
Andersen sounds rejuvenated these days, and that is reflected in his playing at the start of the season. He’s 3-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and .938 save percentage, and he’s simplified his game. He also thanks the Hurricanes for making him feel at home. him.
âI just got ready and got in the moment and trying to get to know everyone and get acclimated quickly,â he said. âThe guys were really helpful and very welcoming which made the transition really easy. There has been a lot of turnover in our team so it’s been pretty good. The guys who’ve been here have been pretty good and helpful, making all new guys feel right at home right away. “
âI think last year I was too hard on myself. Just being in a good position, being placed early and allowing my athleticism to show itself. I think it has worked so far.â
Selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round (87th) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Andersen is 229-100-48 with a 2.64 GAA, .915 save percentage and 19 shutouts in 396 regular season games (384 starts) with the Ducks, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes. He is fourth in Toronto history with 149 wins, behind Turk Broda (304), Johnny Bower (219) and Felix Potvin (160).
âOf course there’s a difference in media attention and stuff like that,â Andersen said, comparing Toronto and Carolina. “But I think there’s pressure everywhere. It’s the same league, every team is trying to win. At the end of the day as a group we put pressure on each other to get the best out of us, so I think there is pressure everywhere you look. “
Asked about information suggesting there may have been ill will between him and the Maple Leafs prior to his departure, Andersen denied the inference.
“Not at all,” he said. âAt least not from me.
He said a former teammate he misses playing with is the Maple Leafs center Auston matthews. The two spent time at Matthews’ Arizona home in August after Andersen signed with the Hurricanes.
âI will definitely miss him,â Matthews said last month. âHe’s one of my closest friends.
Andersen said the most frustrating part of his last season in Toronto was battling a knee injury that limited him to one game after March 19. He finished the season 13-8-3 with a 2.96 GAA and 0.895 save percentage in 24 games. (23 starts), and saved Jack campbell in the seven games of the loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup.
âI think I did what I could,â he said. âI did my best to try to be as healthy as possible. It just wasn’t enough time to feel my best.
“It’s obviously a thing of the past. I’m happy to have had the summer I did, to feel healthy and to play again.”