Aulie, who would have been an restricted free agent Sunday, had no goals and three points in 36 NHL games this past season split between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Lightning. Tampa Bay acquired the 23-year-old defenseman from Toronto for forward Carter Ashton in February.
A fourth-round pick by Calgary in 2007, Aulie was part of the deal that sent Dion Phanuef from the Flames to Toronto.
I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.
— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round