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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Official Press Release - Canadiens Sign Alex Auld

CANADIENS SIGN NETMINDER ALEX AULD TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT

MONTREAL (July 1, 2010) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of netminder Alex Auld to a one-year contract (2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Auld, 29, split the 2009-10 NHL season with the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers playing a total of 24 games with a record of 9 wins, 7 losses and 3 overtime losses. Auld compiled an 2.95 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.

In his 8th NHL season in 2009-10, Auld recorded 83 wins, including six by shutout, in 207 regular season games since he first joined the NHL in 2001-2002. The 6’4’’ and 216 lbs goaltender maintained a 2.78 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. Auld also earned a win in four NHL playoff games. In 2005-06 he ranked 8th among NHL netminders with a season total of 33 wins.

Born in Cold Lake, AB, Auld was a second-round selection, 40th overall, by the Florida Panthers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to last season, Auld had played with the Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators during his NHL career.

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