MONTREAL --So what is the deal with the new goalie in town, really?
With speculation mounting about who would share the Habs’ crease with Carey Price
, Pierre Gauthier solved that problem by inking veteran Alex Auld to a one-year deal.
A well-traveled goalie now with his eighth NHL team, Auld was originally drafted by the Panthers in 1999 but ultimately broke into the league with the Canucks in 2001-02. Patient while he saw spot duty in the Vancouver crease for three seasons, the now 29-year-old finally got his big break after the lockout. Auld emerged as the No. 1 guy in Vancouver in 2005-06, winning a career-best 33 games. The up-and-coming goalie was then included in the package that brought Roberto Luongo to the Canucks from the Panthers that summer.
Back with the organization that drafted him, Auld saw action in 27 games with Florida in 2006-07 as Ed Belfour’s back-up under head coach Jacques Martin. The 6-foot-4 netminder would soon be on the move again, signing with Coyotes in the summer of 2007. Stops in Ottawa, Dallas and New York would follow for Auld before landing in Montreal on July 1. Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.comSee also:Who is Dustin Boyd? Curtis Sanford back in 2010-11 Canadiens sign defenseman Frédéric St-Denis to a one-year contract Habs sign Alex Auld to one-year deal A tip of the cap En route to July 1st