Bruins trade for Alex Auld
Alex Auld is back on the move.
The 26-year-old goaltender joined his third NHL franchise of the past year Thursday when the Boston Bruins acquired him from the Phoenix Coyotes for forward Nate DiCasmirro and a fifth-round draft choice in 2009.
Auld, who left the Florida Panthers to sign with Phoenix as a free agent in the off-season, appeared in nine games for the Coyotes, posting a 3-6-0 record.
He had played most recently for the team's American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio, where he was sent after Phoenix picked up Ilya Bryzgalov off waivers.
DiCasmirro is a career minor-leaguer who has played more than 350 AHL games. The 29-year-old from Atikokan, Ont., had two goals and five points in 20 games with Providence this season.
Auld isperhaps best known for his time with the Vancouver Canucks, with whom he played a career-high 67 games in 2005-06 before beingdealt to Florida as part of the Todd Bertuzzi trade in June 2006. Auld,a native of Thunder Bay, Ont., went 7-13-5 in his one season as the backup to Ed Belfour in Florida before signingwith Phoenix.
The Bruins were in desperate need of goaltending depth after No. 1 man Tim Thomas suffered a lower-body injury during an overtime loss in New Jersey on Tuesday night. Manny Fernandez is still suffering from back and knee troubles, while 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 with any NHL experience.
With files from the Canadian Press