Auld to make first start for Rangers against Capitals


Here’s a pretty crazy scenario.

Alex Auld was the Dallas Stars
backup all season, until the team traded for Kari Lehtonen. To give an
Auld the chance to play elsewhere this season (and free up salary) the
Stars waived him, and he was eventually picked up by the New York
Rangers on re-entry waivers. Lehtonen got his first start with his new
team earlier today against the Pittsburgh Penguins, while Auld will make
his first start with the Rangers tonight against the Washington

So two goaltenders, one replacing the other on the
Dallas Stars, both make debuts in their new home against one of the top
two teams in the Eastern Conference. On the same day.

Now it’s
not the most unlikely of scenarios to come across, but it’s still
fascinating. Let’s just hope that Auld has a better debut than Lehtonen,
who allowed six goals to the Penguins earlier this afternoon. Of
course, the situations are a bit different — Auld has been playing all
season long, while Lehtonen made his first start in the NHL in nearly a

Auld was 9-6-3 with the Stars, posting a 3.00 goals-against
average with a .894 save percentage.

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”