Auld knows his role with Canadiens

Alex Auld knows exactly what the Canadiens want from him next season and he has no problem with that, he sais in an interview with RDS.

“We didn’t talk about a specific number of games, but more about the role I would have with the team,” Auld said. “They want me to help Carey Price get better and that is exactly what I want to do.”

“It’s a nice challenge for me and I plan on living up to it. The success of the team I am playing for is always my priority.”

Auld added that he jumped at the offer when the Canadiens called. Auld is familiar with head coach Jacques Martin and goaltender coach Pierre Groulx, who were with the Florida Panthers when Auld played there in 2006-07.

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  1. sidhu, 02 July, 2010

    Great point — next year’s UFA class is supposed to be amazing.  The Hammer contract alone will free up 5.75m, enough for a top player.

  2. showey47, 02 July, 2010

    Francois Brisebois?????? Is this the future of the full breezer?

  3. _Habsoloutly_, 02 July, 2010

    Sunrise, not South Beach.

  4. Danno, 02 July, 2010

    Really good post.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  5. sidhu, 02 July, 2010

    Higgins to play in South Beach??  His dream has come true… I wonder if guaranteed open bar was part of his contract.

  6. New, 02 July, 2010

    Can each team and all players be incorporated as NHL enterprises, NY, NY 10101, all business and residential addresses the same? If a player from NY wanted for some reason to maintain a seperate residence in Montreal or Vancouver for the 80 days a year he was playing or training  there it shouldn’t effect his taxes should it? For that matter why couldn’t they all be in the Caymans?

  7. crabvader, 02 July, 2010

    Lol!!! This Ghana vs Uruguay game is hilarious!

  8. TorontoHabsFan, 02 July, 2010

    Lombardi to the Preds – $10.5m over 3 yrs.


  9. SeriousFan09, 02 July, 2010

    Habs holding their 2nd development camp, notable attendees include Andreas Engqvist and Alexander Avtsin, along with recent acquisitions Lars Eller, Ian Schultz and our 2010 draftees. P.K. Subban will attend as well, along with my favourite grinder to make the team next season Ryan White.

    Full list here, including more guys on invites.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  10. Harditya_CareyPrice, 02 July, 2010

    Matthew Lombardi to Nashville! 10.5 M over 3 years!

  11. crabvader, 02 July, 2010

    Boring day – Not that I expected anything more.

  12. Danno, 02 July, 2010

    Ghana clearly outplayed Uraguay. They should have won the match. Hope they can take the shootout.


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  13. shiram, 02 July, 2010

    I was just wondering with all the goalies issue, i have not seen Marc Denis’s name mentionned?

    Wouldnt he have made a good big brother for Price? Sorry if this a stupid question, i am a bit new to the hockey world, and Denis just seems like a natural choice since he was in the organization.

    Though i guess there’s the french thing…

  14. crabvader, 02 July, 2010

    Lol! This game is nuts.

  15. Propwash, 02 July, 2010

    WOW, wtf is with this shootout?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  16. Tis Himself, 02 July, 2010

    Does any side want to win that game?

  17. Propwash, 02 July, 2010



    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  18. Harditya_CareyPrice, 02 July, 2010

    Ghana’s eliminated! 

  19. crabvader, 02 July, 2010

    Wow, some higher power must REALLY hate Ghana…

  20. Danno, 02 July, 2010

    Heartbreaker for the Ghanans and all of Africa. Especially when look back at the last minute of overtime…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  21. Danno, 02 July, 2010

    I’m not really into soccer in a big way, but I’m kind of crying myself…


    “Hey Richard, two minutes for looking so good!”

  22. Stooof, 02 July, 2010

    Anyone notice our cap situation next year?  we will have something like 30 million free up with a bunch of ufas and rfas.  I personally think we are iin a great position right now.  We get to have some confirmation on who of the core was the real deal or a one time spark, then we can adjust our team accordingly, and will have lots of wiggle room with who we want to get in here.  We will have a solid idea of the core, likely to be composed of the automatic returnees like cammi, gomez, pleks, gionta, price, pk, moen, spacek, and likely eller,  then we can add or subtract who we want based on their play.  I envision lots of good things for next season and subsequent seasons.  plus next years UFA list is pretty long and deep. 


    Habs are looking good into the future! 

    And on the side, anyone who says carey price hasnt proven anything, this is only partly true. No, in the respect that he hasnt won a cup, or many series, and posted a bad record last year.  But you will say yes he has if you actually watched him play last season.  He played INCREDIBLE hockey for most of the year.  even in losing efforts he blew me away.  The kid is a sick goalie, and he will show you all this next year.  i am certain of it.  Talk all you want about bad goals or deflating goals. those come and go iwth any goalie. anyhow.. GO HABS

  23. Say Ash, 02 July, 2010

    Robbed by a crossbar?

  24. Bill H, 02 July, 2010

    Goalie controveries aside, just for a minute…

    Most posters here will already know this.  Its nothing new.  But I don’t remember seeing all these points considered together.  Consider the following.

    1.) Salary cap: established to keep a lid on salaries for the benefit of profits for owners, and to ensure that teams with low revenue can compete with teams that have high revenues.  We all know who we are talking about here.  Low revenue = sunbelt teams plus a few others.  High revenue teams = Canadiens, Leafs, NYR, etc.

    2.) Revenue sharing: similar to salary cap, established so that low revenue teams can compete with high revenue teams. 

    It can be convincingly argued that the above measures are for the good of the league.  More teams = more money for players and owners.  Not everyone likes it, especially if your team is a high revenue team that could be doing a lot better without 1.) and 2.)

    But there are other factors that clearly put some teams at a disadvantage compared to others. 

    1.) High taxes: okay, I think you see where I am going with this.  How is a team supposed to compete when it has to pay its players 5% or 10% more than other teams just so that they get the same take home pay as they would elsewhere? 

    So there are some teams at a disadvantage due to low revenues.  They are compensated to make them financially viable and competitive.  Other teams who are at a disadvantage due to taxes and there is no effort to level the playing field.  I suppose this is partly because these teams remain financially viable in spite of the uneven playing field.

    2.) Currency flucuations: Some teams’ revenues are in Canadien dollars but they must pay their players in American dollars.  This was much more of an issue 5 years ago.  I suspect its one of the main reasons we lost franchises in Quebec and Winnipeg.  It continues to hurt the bottom line of other Canadian clubs.

    Again, no attempt by the league to even the playing field.  When the playing field favours sunbelt teams but not Canadian teams, the league does nothing.  When the playing field favours Canadian teams but not sunbelt teams, they come up with these formulas (salary caps and revenue sharing) and stick them in the CBA.  Of course Bettman is pushing this agenda.  This is no surprise to people here.  He’s not exactly popular as a result.  But the epiphany for me is in putting these all together to see how they work against our Habs.

    I think when they negotiate the next CBA, they should take taxes into consideration and allow teams in high tax areas to exceed the salary cap by a certain percentage to be determined by how much more taxes the players pay.  The same consideration could be made to compensate for currency differences.  Fair is fair.  Why should some teams be helped when at a disadvantage but others not helped?

    That’s a rhetorical question.  I know the answer.  *sigh*


  25. lavie, 02 July, 2010

    Auld also knows that he would be provided the same opportunity Halak was. Who knows what kind of Price we will see this season.

  26. Psycho29, 02 July, 2010

    Marc Denis is retired and on RDS now. Did you mean Yann Danis?

  27. nightmare_49, 02 July, 2010


       22 prospects will participate in a development camp

        Avtsyn, Eller, Brisebois, Gallagher etc. will be there  (22 players)



  28. J Haul, 02 July, 2010

    Didn’t think I could hate Suarez anymore than I already did, but there you have it. What a goof. This World Cup is supposed to be all about “fair play”. That went right out the window there.

    Also, why was he allowed to celebrate on the pitch? He was shown off, he’s not supposed to be allowed back on there. Better be a few games suspension. Can’t wait for the dutch to pound these guys.

  29. mike g, 02 July, 2010

    Uraguay has a giant vuvuzela up their assss…

    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

  30. shiram, 02 July, 2010

    No, i meant Marc.

    I didnt know he was retired.

  31. W35T5ID3, 02 July, 2010

    All’s Auld’s gotta do is know his roll and shut his hole…..If ya smelll whaaatttt immmmm cooookin..

  32. sidhu, 02 July, 2010

    I suppose that’s as close as he can get to the “promise land” of partying… 🙂

  33. HardHabits, 02 July, 2010


  34., 02 July, 2010

    That was a very entertaining read, thanks for the breath of fresh air.

    I think Bettman has to stop thinking that this is a high market league and start thinking on a lower scale.  Mind you he wouldn’t be in business very long if he wasn’t trying to expand, and grow the league.

    It drives me crazy knowing that Montreal, year after year is paying monies to Phoenix, Atl, and Fl.

    At least these teams aren’t going out year after year and chasing huge salary players.  That would erk me.

    No franchise player in Atl is going to sink that team even more than it already is.

    I actually watch the Thrashers games just to see how many fan show up.  It’s unbelievable that they are still in this league.

    They Call Me Shane

  35. ZepFan2, 02 July, 2010

    + 10


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  36. crabvader, 02 July, 2010

    1. Plenty of time to trade for another 2nd rounder, not worried about it.

    2. Boyd was a 3rd rounder.

    3. He’s 650k and hits more than Colby Armstrong, who’s being paid 3mil per. He has virtually all the same numbers.

    4. Stop whining.

    5. Moore isn’t getting any younger and while I like him a lot, he’s probably asking for too much. He might sign @ 1mil somewhere else, but they don’t get taxed like we do.

  37. HardHabits, 02 July, 2010

    If Tony242 was a real Habs fan that’s where he’d be focusing his anger but since he’s a Leafs fan, well, the rest we already know.

  38. _Habsoloutly_, 02 July, 2010

    Oh,  he’ll have lot’s of oppurtunities to party here in South Florida thats for sure.

  39. SeriousFan09, 02 July, 2010

    Good read, a pity the NHL doesn’t like common sense.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  40. HardHabits, 02 July, 2010

    When does your period end?

  41. GrimJim, 02 July, 2010

    Damn, I was hoping the Habs would invite Joel Broda as a try-out. 50 goals last year, 37 this year in the WHL. There are questions about his skating but he is a goal scorer.

  42. HardHabits, 02 July, 2010

    the only disaster is you and it’s absolutely unbelievable that you are still here

  43. New, 02 July, 2010

    Thanks for the link. Pateryn, Avtsin, and Quattrocki? That’s interesting. College, KHL, and the goalie who disappeared. Maybe the team is serious about developing players.

  44. Propwash, 02 July, 2010

    WTF does koolaid have to do with hockey?


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  45. HardHabits, 02 July, 2010

    Habs are in great shape moving into the future. The most knowledgable fans out in the real world and here on this web site can see that. The ones lacking the most knowledge, all 242 of them, can only squirm and complain as the Leafs tank again and see as that pick goes to Boston.

    It’s no wonder why Tony is so pissed. Tyler Seguin to Boston must’ve jolted a screw loose for that poor Leafer.

  46. TomNickle, 02 July, 2010


    I’m guessing this is menopause though….not a period.

  47. likehoy, 02 July, 2010

    the return of pierre dagenais?

  48. HardHabits, 02 July, 2010

    C’mon Tony. You can come clean with me. You’re upset because your hero Burke traded away Tyler Seguin for Kessel. It’s OKAY Tony. The Leafs will make the playoffs within your lifetime.

  49. crabvader, 02 July, 2010

    Komisarek, 4.5 mil for a season ending injury. Lucic killed him.

    Tanguay, actually produced while he was healthy. 2 picks we gave up to them are: Greg Nemisz and Stefan Elliott. Where the **** are they at? We got Maxim Trunev out of that trade aswell. KHL player, remains to be seen what happens with him.

    Higgins and a guy scouts had as degrading big time in McDonagh traded for Scott Gomez and Tommy Pyatt. Gomez attracts free agents Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta.

    Fisher was a wasted pick, but we get another pick by not signing him. Great, isn’t it?

    Latendresse sat on his fat ass and never worked in Montreal because of this sense of Quebecois entitlement. Screw him and GOOD for him for producing in Minny. Let’s see him do it again. We get Pouliot who we know can score, as long as he keeps his head in the game and works his conditionning.

    Matthew Schneider comes to Montreal to help us with blue line offence, he puts up 17 pts in 23 games played. Robert Lang was on fire until an unfortunate tendon injury and Moore played so well for us in our bottom tier, almost everyone wants him back. We probably won’t get him back because of his history of asking for too much, but we sign Boyd, who has similar stats to Colby Armstrong, with more hits, for those who like to pander about Colby’s hitting game, and Armstrong makes 3mil per.

    Now, don’t come back crying to me about how I don’t refute your lame arguments.



  50. Propwash, 02 July, 2010

    You forget, Ribiro was shart, and was a party animal. He didnt deserve to wear the Habs logo.


    Goalies in Montreal have two roles, netminder and scapegoat. 

  51. HardHabits, 02 July, 2010

    there you go again

  52. aemarchand11, 02 July, 2010

    Could you please start using proper punctuation?


    Oh yeah!



  53. aemarchand11, 02 July, 2010

    STFU you ignorant troll!

  54. J Haul, 02 July, 2010

    Well there’s nothing they can do on the play (other than adopt an NHL-type empty net rule where the goal is awarded automatically… but I digress). However, it should be reviewed though and Suarez suspended for more than one game. He also came back onto the field to celebrate, another no-no.

    My point was that “fair play” is clearly the last thing on Suarez’s mind at seemingly all times. Those kinds of plays are a black mark on the game. You’ve got to take your losses like a man. I suspect karma will bite the Uruguay squad against the Dutch, but that’s hardly consolation for a nation and continent that deserved this hard fought game.

  55. Stooof, 02 July, 2010

    Yea but its not just hammer.  from ufas alone we will have something around 15 million, plus all the 1 year signings from this year.  that is a lot of money.  the other part of the 30 is from the rfas of next year and the signings from this year, including price and laps, who knows if their contracts will be up next year.    ultimately we are sitting pretty. 

  56. nightmare_49, 02 July, 2010

      Bill – Once again a nice post. 

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