The New York Rangers have claimed goaltender Alex Auld off of re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars this morning. The move will only have a cap hit of $125,000 and ends up being cheaper than having Chad Johnson sit on the bench.
This is a fantastic move by the Rangers because they have needed an experienced goalie to be Henrik Lundqvist's backup. Steve Valiquette was not going to get called up, meanwhile it was a waste in having rookies Chad Johnson and Matt Zaba split time by sitting on the bench. Auld is a very cheap and reliable option and will probably only play four or five games down the stretch. He owns a career 83-81-26 record while playing for Canucks, Panthers, Bruins, Coyotes, Senators, and Stars since the 2001/02 season. He has been a backup in every season but one, when he won 33 games for the Canucks in the year following the lockout.
This move ensures that the musical chairs game between Johnson and Zaba will come to an end and it will more than likely spell the end of Valiquette's career with the organization, as there is now a log jam of young goalies in the Rangers farm system. The 29 year old Auld will now be there to give Lundqvist a breather down the stretch, and now, God forbid he gets injured, Auld would be a better option to have in there than anyone else that has backed up this season.
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