Senators Player Profile: Alex Auld

This is the twenty-first and final profile on each player for the Ottawa Senators.

Alex Auld, G, Contract: 1.0/12 (UFA)
FA 2011 (Murray), 6’4, Catches L, YOB 1981, Cold Lake, Alb
2008-09 43-16-18-7 2.47 0.911 SO 1
2009-10 24-9-7-3 2.96 0.895
2010-11 16-6-2-2 2.64 0.914

It’s back to the future for Alex Auld.  Two years after he was dealt from the Senators to Dallas for a sixth-round pick (Mark Stone), he returns after a quiet year in Montreal (www.silversevensens.com/2011/7/1/2254946/senators-sign-alex-auld-to-1m-one-year-deal).  The appeal to Murray and the Senators is familiarity, but more importantly his willingness to accept a one-year deal and understand that Anderson is the starter and Lehner is the future (July 1st clip video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console).

What can the Senators expect from Auld?  In my opinion, not much.  He’s been an NHL regular through six seasons and what’s apparent from his record is that he has no real impact on the team’s he plays for (compare, for instance, Craig Anderson‘s numbers with Florida versus Auld‘s).  On good teams he puts up decent numbers and on bad teams he puts up poor numbers.  Auld is a big goalie who relies on positioning for success.  He won’t play much for Ottawa, so I’d guess he’ll win between 5-7 games.

Handling the puck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17YQk2f1m6k
Highlights: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?hlp=8467913&fr=false

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