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DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have swapped goaltenders with Ottawa, sending a struggling Craig Anderson to the Senators in exchange for Brian Elliott.

Anderson was the backbone of the team last season when the Avalanche advanced to the playoffs, setting franchise records in starts (71), minutes (4,235), shots faced (2,233) and saves (2,047).

He hasn’t been the same this season, going 13-15-3 with a 3.28 goals against average. He’s also lost time in net to backup Peter Budaj with the team mired in a nine-game skid.

Anderson missed 10 games earlier in the season after hurting his knee during warmups on Oct. 26 in Vancouver.

The 25-year-old Elliott had a 13-19-8 record for the Senators this season, allowing 3.19 goals a game.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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