No, not really.... Aulie's a decent defenceman... but nothing really special. Ya it'd be nice to have a guy like him competing with Holzer for the #7 spot, but it's also nice to have a guy like Ashton competing for a 3rd line spot.
You can make the case that we'd need Aulie more than Ashton right now, but that can be corrected easily enough.
I don't miss Aulie per se, but other than Dion, there is no other as nasty and ready to stand up and fight anyone to back up his teammates. Thats something that was missing down the stretch, and seemed like a contributing factor in during the collapse. I don't know Holzer well, does he stand up for his teammates well in scums and such?
While Aulie himself won't be missed, his great attitude on the ice will be surely missed, at least until others step up in that regard. (I'm basically talking about Franson here, this guy is a kitten)
I seen Aulie play with Norfolk in the AHL playoffs quite a bit, and I thought he had regressed. Wasn't as imposing physically as I expected, and made a few fumbles. He was on a great team too, but he seemed a bit off to me.