Tag: Alex Auld


Journeyman goalie Auld signs in Austria

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Given the number of times Alex Auld has changed locales over the last seven years, it’s no surprise his travels are now taking him to Europe.

Salzburg, to be exact.

EC Red Bull Salzburg — the four-time Austrian League champion — recently announced the 31-year-old Auld has signed on for the 2012-13 campaign.

(Red Bull is same team that employed Marty Turco before he signed a late-season deal with the Boston Bruins. It’s currently coached by longtime NHL bench boss Pierre Page and features ex-NHLers Shawn Hunwick and Rob Davison.)

“Alex Auld is a highly talented goalie and a strong character,” Page told the team website. “He believes in the Red Bull Hockey Model and that his stint in Salzburg will help him to take another step in the right direction.”

Once a promising young netminder (he was Vancouver’s team MVP in 2005-06), Auld has spent the last few years bouncing around the NHL.

Since 2006-07 he’s gone from Florida to Phoenix to Boston to Ottawa to Dallas to New York (Rangers) to Montreal, then back to Ottawa last season — where he fell out of favor after the Sens acquired Ben Bishop.

Auld has a 91-88-2-32 record in 237 career NHL games with a .904 save percentage and 2.80 GAA.

Leafs, Blue Jackets lead teams with goalie concerns

James Reimer

Now that Martin Brodeur (and Johan Hedberg) have re-signed in New Jersey, let’s take a look at the remaining unrestricted free agent goalies.

Based on games started in 2011-12, from most to least, they go like this: Dwayne Roloson, Al Montoya, Brent Johnson, Ty Conklin, Andrew Raycroft, Alex Auld, Dan Ellis, and you get the point – there’s nobody that’s going to significantly improve a team at the position.

Now let’s consider the teams that have question marks in net:

Toronto – Leafs GM Brian Burke has said he’s willing to go into the season with the tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, but you can bet he’s not happy about it. Miss the playoffs again and Burke could be looking for work, not a goalie. All of which is why we’ll keep monitoring the Roberto Luongo situation in Vancouver. At the moment, Florida is believed to be the most likely to land the Canucks’ goalie.

Columbus –Scott Howson went out and got Sergei Brobovsky from the Flyers, but can the embattled Blue Jackets GM trust a 23-year-old that’s coming off a bad season when his only other options are Steve Mason and Allen York? At least Howson has lowered expectations on his side.

Chicago – The Blackhawks were reportedly interested in Brodeur when he was exploring free agency, and for good reason – Corey Crawford struggled badly in 2011-12 and the backup, Ray Emery, didn’t do any better. GM Stan Bowman can’t let goaltending drag his Stanley Cup contender down again.

Tampa Bay – Anders Lindback may be the Lightning’s goalie of the future, but GM Steve Yzerman would be asking a lot of the 24-year-old with 28 NHL starts under his belt to take over the top spot right away. Mathieu Garon is under contract for another season, but he’s bounced around the league for a reason.

After Brodeur signs, Devils ink Hedberg to two-year, $2.8 million deal

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The NHL’s oldest goaltending tandem is sticking around for a couple more years.

On Monday, the New Jersey Devils announced they’ve re-upped with Johan Hedberg on a two-year, $2.8 million deal, one that includes a full no-trade clause.

With the earlier announcement of Martin Brodeur signing a two-year deal as well, the Devils retain the oldest goaltending tandem in the league — Brodeur is 40, Hedberg is 39 — with contracts that will take their ‘tenders to ages 42 and 41, respectively.

The deal represents a slight pay bump for Hedberg, who made $1.25 million over each of the last two years. The veteran Swedish netminder appeared in 27 games for the Devils last season, posting a 17-7-3 record with a .918 save percentage, 2.23 GAA while leading the Devils with four shutouts (Brodeur had three.)

It’s a key signing for the Devils. Many credit Hedberg’s large body of work last season as an important part of keeping Brodeur fresh for the postseason.

As for the rest of the league — with Hedberg coming off the market, the UFA goalie pool is officially thinned out. Teams looking for veteran backup help are now left to sift Dwayne Roloson, Alex Auld, Brent Johnson and Ty Conklin, to name a few.

NHLPA announces 31-player negotiating committee

Donald Fehr

In advance of negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement, the NHL Players’ Association has named its Negotiating Committee, a 31-player panel representing a cross-section of all union members.

The players are as follows:

Craig Adams (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Adrian Aucoin (Phoenix Coyotes)
Alex Auld (Ottawa Senators)
David Backes (St. Louis Blues)
Marty Biron (New York Rangers)
Brad Boyes (Buffalo Sabres)
Chris Campoli (Montreal Canadiens)
B.J. Crombeen (St. Louis Blues)
Mathieu Darche (Montreal Canadiens)
Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders)
Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)
Brandon Dubinsky (New York Rangers)
Ruslan Fedotenko (New York Rangers)
Alex Goligoski (Dallas Stars)
Ron Hainsey (Winnipeg Jets)
Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia Flyers)
Jamie Langenbrunner (St. Louis Blues)
Manny Malhotra (Vancouver Canucks)
Steve Montador (Chicago Blackhawks)
Dominic Moore (San Jose Sharks)
Brendan Morrison (Chicago Blackhawks)
Douglas Murray (San Jose Sharks)
George Parros (Anaheim Ducks)
Chris Phillips (Ottawa Senators)
Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks)
John Tavares (New York Islanders)
Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles Kings)
Dan Winnik (San Jose Sharks)
James Wisniewski (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)

Note: more players may be added to the negotiating committee at a later date.

“It’s great to see that so many Players have chosen to participate in bargaining and get involved in the important work ahead for their Association,” NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said in a statement. “I’m certain this group of Players and all Players who will be attending bargaining sessions will do a great job.”


— Nineteen of the league’s 30 teams are represented on the panel. Teams without a representative are Boston, New Jersey, Florida, Washington, Calgary, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Minnesota, Toronto and Edmonton.

— At 21, Tavares is the youngest player on the committee.

— At 38, Aucoin is the oldest.

James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail points out that Aucoin, Auld, Biron, Boyes, Campoli, Doan, Fedotenko, Langenbrunner, Moore, Morrison, Parros and Winnik are all pending UFAs.

— Fedotenko (Ukraine), Zetterberg and Murray (Sweden) are the only non-North Americans on the committee.

— Brainiacs: Parros and Westgarth went to Princeton, Moore and Adams went to Harvard, Murray went to Cornell and Darche won the Dr. Randy Gregg Award at McGill.

Ottawa goalie Anderson doesn’t want to talk specifics about how he severed a pinky finger tendon while preparing a meal in his kitchen (Update: He was cutting frozen chicken!)

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Senators netminder Craig Anderson spoke to the media Thursday for the first time since injuring himself in a freakish kitchen accident.

Just one problem — he didn’t want to talk about the freakish kitchen accident.

According to Dan Seguin of CBC Ottawa, Anderson refused to “talk specifics” about how his injury occurred.

What’s known is the 30-year-old netminder severed a pinky finger tendon while making some type of meal in his kitchen at home — but that’s all the information we’ll be getting, apparently.

No confirmation on what he was making, no report on what kind of knife he sliced himself with (or if it even was a knife) and no word if he was dicing, butterflying or Julienning.

Here’s what Anderson did confirm, according to TSN’s Brent Wallace:

— He has a modified blocker and is currently able to wear it.

— He still can’t hold a stick.

— He’s been skating on his own for the past few days.

— He’s still unsure when he’ll play again.

Thankfully for Ottawa, third-string netminder Robin Lehner has been brilliant in relief of Anderson. After backup Alex Auld looked shaky in a 5-3 loss to Boston, Sens head coach Paul MacLean turned to Lehner and the 20-year-old Swede responded brilliantly, first with a 5-2 win over the Islanders then with a sterling 32-save shutout over the Bruins.

And there’s even more good news for Ottawa between the pipes: Ben Bishop, acquired shortly before the trade deadline from St. Louis, made 41 saves in his AHL Binghamton debut on Tuesday in a 5-1 win over St. John’s.

Sens GM Bryan Murray says he expects the 6-foot-7 Bishop to play for Ottawa sometime next week.

UPDATE: Ken Warren of Postmedia News reports Anderson cut his finger “trying to chop frozen chicken.” We’re through the looking glass here, people…