Craig Anderson’s Elite Play Not Enough for Avalanche Goalie to Represent Country

February 15th, 2010 by James Crider Leave a reply »
The Winter Olympics: a-two week competition in which the best athletes represent their respective countries with the dreams of winning Olympic gold.

Craig Anderson, goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche, will not be partaking in those Olympics thanks to a colossal misjudgment of his skills.

Entering the break, Anderson's Avalanche sit sixth in the Western Conference with 76 points, only a tiebreaker separating them from the division-leading Vancouver Canucks.

Without Anderson, Colorado wouldn't be sniffing a playoff spot.

His 31 wins are tied for fourth in the NHL, and his six shutouts are tied for second. Most importantly, he's managed to keep a top-notch save percentage (.924) with a very average defensive squad in front of him.

When Team USA was announced after the Winter Classic game on Jan. 1, USA general manager Brian Burke said that there was a tough decision to be made between Jonathan Quick and Craig Anderson, but he ultimately went with the 23-year-old Quick because he was younger than the 28-year-old Anderson.

Other than the fact that it's nonsensical to suggest Anderson won't be playing at a hig ...

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