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Senators break goaltending logjam

Auld dealt to Stars for sixth-round pick; crease now clear for Elliott

Wednesday, 08.07.2009 / 4:36 PM / Features
By Rob Brodie  - OttawaSenators.com
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Senators break goaltending logjam
The Ottawa Senators have cleared some space in the crease.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced Monday afternoon a trade that sends goaltender Alex Auld to the Dallas Stars for a sixth-round pick (obtained from the San Jose Sharks) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

For Auld, the Stars represent his sixth home in the National Hockey League. Following earlier stints with the Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Boston Bruins, he signed a two-year contract with the Senators last summer.

Auld and Brian Elliott had been expected to duel for the backup goaltending job when the Senators assembled for 2009-10 training camp in September. Pascal Leclaire, acquired in a March deadline deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is set to be the starter, with Elliott now clearly established as the No. 2 guy between the pipes.

Though he was originally signed to back up veteran Martin Gerber last season, Auld wound up seeing 43 games of action, posting a 16-18-7 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and .911 save percentage. But the 28-year-old native of Thunder Bay, Ont., watched Elliott play the majority of the games over the final two months of the season.

Elliott, 24, the Senators' ninth-round selection in the 2003 NHL draft, went 16-8-3 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .902 save percentage after being called up in January.  Prior to that, he was named a starting goaltender for the AHL All-Star Classic after a standout first half of the season with the Binghamton Senators (18-8-1, 2.31, .926).

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06