Auld was also a starting goalie for the Nucks in 2005 and split duties last season with the Sens. So if god forbid Lundqvist went down with an injury we wouldn't have to worry if Auld could handle the load for a couple weeks.
This is a good move if Auld leaves this summer. Saves a little bit of money and let's 85 develop in Hart. Clearly moving up and down hasn't been good for him. Young players like young children need stability. Next year 85 should be the full time backup. For now, let him play in the AHL and get playoff experience at that level.
ďItís exciting,Ē Auld said by phone. ďObviously, you want to play for an NHL team and thatís what Iím getting here. I look forward to going there and seeing if I can help them get in the playoffs any way I can. They have one of the best goalies in the league there in Henrik Lundqvist, but whatever they need from me, Iíll do. Iíve known throughout my career that there are many ways to contribute.Ē
Ideally I would have Auld play like 5 of the remaining games, but I seriously doubt Tortorella is going to stray from Lundqvist because he is our #1 goalie and we're not exactly in the best position to make the playoffs as it is with Gaborik not 100%. My prediction is Auld will get 2-3 starts maximum if Hank can keep the puck out.
So how much does this save on the cap?. I'd like to see Voros moved out for a pick or even waived to move out his milion and if they can get a Dman send down Gilroy and clear more space. That's 2.7 more of the books, Rangers have some room to wiggle if they want too