by Patrick Hoffman on 03/01/10 at 02:39 PM ET
From good friend of the blog Jim Cerny at NewYorkRangers.com:
The 29-year-old Auld now steps into the backup slot behind No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, providing the Rangers a reliable veteran as the club tries to secure one of the eight playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. Prior to Auld’s arrival on Broadway, rookies Chad Johnson and Matt Zaba had been alternating opportunities as Lundqvist’s backup.
“Quite frankly, I am really excited,” said Auld, following his first practice with his new team on Sunday. “I have always loved this city and loved playing in the building. And it’s a chance to work with (Rangers goaltending coach) Benoit Allaire and play with one of the best goalies in the world. All those things are good. It’s really exciting.”
Now that the Rangers have a more experienced netminder behind Lundqvist, the coaching staff may be willing to consider giving their No. 1 an extra night or two off over the final 20 games of the regular season to keep him fresh for the playoff push. Plus, Auld also provides an important insurance policy against any potential injury to Lundqvist.
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