BOSTON - Alex Auld is joining his third NHL franchise in just over a year.
The Bruins acquired the 26-year-old goaltender from the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday in exchange for minor-league forward Nate DiCasmirro and a fifth-round draft pick in 2009. Auld signed with Phoenix as a free agent in the off-season and appeared in nine games, posting a record of 3-6-0.
He had most recently been playing for San Antonio of the American Hockey League after the Coyotes picked up Ilya Bryzgalov on waivers.
The Bruins were in desperate need of some goaltending depth.
Tim Thomas suffered a lower-body injury during an overtime loss in New Jersey on Tuesday night, making him the third Boston goaltender to go out with injury.
The Bruins also placed goalie Manny Fernandez, acquired in the off-season, on the long-term injured reserve list with back and knee injuries. He was assigned to the AHL Providence Bruins for conditioning.
AHL starter Jordan Sigalet remains sidelined indefinitely after collapsing during a game on Nov. 16.
That leaves Auld and rookie Tuukka Rask as the only healthy goalies in the Bruins system that have any NHL experience.
DiCasmirro is a career minor-leaguer that has played more than 350 AHL games. The 29-year-old from Aitkokan, Ont., had two goals and five points in 20 games with Providence this season.
Auld's career has taken a turn since he was dealt to Florida from Vancouver as part of the Todd Bertuzzi trade in June 2006. He was 7-13-5 in his one season with the Panthers before signing in Phoenix.
In 117 career games, he has a record of 49-50-11 and two ties.