Canadiens get their goalie(s) and a forward

Goaltender Alex Auld has signed a one-year deal with the Canadiens for $1 million.

The team also announced, late today, it had come to terms on a one-year contract for Dustin Boyd, who was obtained in the trade that sent Sergei Kostitsyn to Nashville.

The Canadiens also re-signed Curtis Sanford to a two-way contract that would pay him $550,000 in the NHL. He will likely be the No. 3 guy on the depth chart and play in Hamilton.

He’s big, he’s bald, he’s Alex Auld.




  1. phillyhab says:

    Ha!  That’s actually a great idea!  

  2. adam76 says:

    Biron for under a million is a great ROI.

  3. adam76 says:

    Goalies starting their 4th season, regardless of age – are well passed the “grooming” stage.  I would hope, Montreal looks at bring in Prices dad as the goalie coach.  May help is attitude and work ethic.



  4. Markov.79 says:

    forget ellis. rangers just signed martin biron, who has been a proven
    starter at various points in his career (and is at the very least a
    very good no2) for 850k per year. yet we go out and pay more (1mil per)
    for a career backup/minor-leaguer.

    i understand that they dont
    want to overpay for a backup since they have decided to go with price,
    but given price’s history over the past 2yrs, why not sign a guy who is
    capable of carrying the load if price DOES struggle again. it just makes
    sense given that biron was cheaper and better

  5. adam76 says:

    I tried – he won’t answer the door.  FYI – I’m only about 3 block from my house to the old crosby home – I am quite sure they moved a couple of years back.



  6. crabvader says:

    He was prematurely thrusted upon the NHL. He’s 22 yrs old.

    Ryan Miller wasn’t even as good at that age. Good thing you aren’t GM, we wouldn’t have a team anymore.

  7. adam76 says:

    I would have paid Ellis 2.5 million.  Grooming?  This is prices 4th season in the NHL – we are well passed that point.


    Looking at Price – good chance he is no going to be able to handle the booos and the pressure of Montreal. 

  8. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Did Gauthier/Gainey steal your girlfiend or kick your puppy or something??  You seem to have an unhealthy obsession with them.

  9. Mark C says:

    If you prorated Darche’s numbers over 82 games, he ends up with ONE less goal and point than Armstrong, yet one is worth $500,000 and the other is worth $3,000,000. Go Leafs Go!

  10. 420cups says:

    don’t worry guy you’ll be proved dead wrong soon enough, and that’s not a bad thing

  11. Rob says:

    but..but….but…..nope.  makes too much sense to argue with.  unfortunately, others will not see it the same way. c’est la vie

  12. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    Absolutely, definatelly not Auld, this team needs a goalie that will take them to the finals, someone like,…….Michael Leighton?

  13. Ali says:

    its free agency, you’re expecting a bargain? theres an assumption of overpaying. how do you think our first line center got his contract, or the player everyone wants as our captain? he’s worth 2-2.5 in real worth, so whats .5-1m overpayment?

    When you have a team that is susecptible to an aggressive forecheck and cant beat a physical team (see Flyers, Philadelphia) you should be adding grit, not letting your rivals get bigger/better. Boston gets Horton, Philly adds Meszaros, Toronto adds Versteeg, Armstrong, Habs get Alex Auld.

  14. Exit716 says:

    I was surprised that Ron MacLean didn’t mention Burke during the ceremonies on Parliament Hill.

  15. Caper says:

    Hey Adam. Syd’s dad was a a habs draft pick. Walk over and Knock on his door and ask him if he can still play

  16. RGM says:

    *slow clap* for you! LOL

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  17. Smiss says:

    Glass half-empty kinda guy aren’t ya?

    Life must suck.

  18. crabvader says:

    You don’t get it, do you?

    Price is being groomed into the starting position. He’s getting help from a very capable backup in Auld.

    I don’t get you.

    Would you rather pay around 2.5 for Ellis? Have no room for anything else afterwards?


  19. Castor says:

    Don’t worry I’ll leave…but first I’m gonna get you to your ship.

  20. Mattyleg says:

    McGuire is cut from the same “make a lot of noise because it will hopefully distract people from the fact that I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about” cloth as Brian Burke.


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  21. adam76 says:

    This team needs a starting goalie – someone with the numbers and experience to step in full time after Price fails.  Auld is not that goaltender.

    To go from Halak / Price to Price / Auld is just depressing.


    Hope Desjardins is ready.

  22. crabvader says:

    The pessimists are out, you would see that most logical posters on this site (95% of HI/O) would strongly disagree with all the crybabies saying we made a bad move and Burke is a genius.



  23. jimmy shaker says:

    I hope you can play all 82 games price……..i don’t want auld on the ice at all………should’ve saved the money and went with schneider or desjardins.  Bad move on this transaction!


  24. novahab says:

    I know Burke is a american but I did not know the Bruins is his favorite team.

  25. pmaraw says:

    looks like more PIM’s for the leafs congratulations to you.

  26. Bryan says:

    Yeah I agree.  Alex Auld is the perfect back up goalie. 


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  27. crabvader says:

    Who cares?

    I don’t see him as having that reputation, he’s hit 2-3 guys hard who weren’t looking and you treat him like he’s this phantom that will haunt our team forever.

    Burke paid him 3mil per and he’s a THIRD LINER.

  28. danedmunds says:

    sorry i spelt it wrong




    i was way off

  29. Ali says:

    oh, and your O’Byrne beatdown plan doesn’t account for JM having him in the pressbox all the time.

  30. crabvader says:

    As a mentor?

    You think a 5’11 guy does the same stuff in nets as a 6’3 guy?

    That’s what I’m talking about, Auld can help Price’s game.

  31. Mattyleg says:

    You must love this: a big-sounding move for more money than it’s worth for less talent than it seems.

    A typically Burkian Toronto-Sun-pleasing move.

    How did Gainey’s stand-pattedness do versus Burke’s showy fireworks last seaon?

    Just asking…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  32. habsfansince91 says:

    habs needed a back up goalie, they sign one. Leafs need scoring wingers, they get third line players for 3 million. I don’t know why everyone is freaking out. We needed a backup goalie and we signed a decent one for just one million. Calm down.

  33. Ali says:

    Actually, he’s hit more than one guy over the past 3 years. He’s made his reputation on being a hitter, aggressive on the forecheck and occasionally fighting other guys who aren’t heavyweights. only one way to find out

  34. Bryan says:

    Agreed.  People will act like this is such a great signing by Burke.  He’s overpaid.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  35. HabFanSince72 says:

    $3M for Armstrong? How is that a great deal?

    Twice as much as Travis Moen.

  36. crabvader says:

    Burke is basically paying a third liner 3mil per.



  37. novahab says:

    God Amstrong signs with the Leafs and Mcquire just had a orgasm what a idoit. Amstrong and Versteeg are very good third liners and ok second liners sorry the leafs are no better and I say they are worst dam the Bruin win in the free agent signings and they don’t have to sign anyone.

  38. adam76 says:

    who cares about height?

  39. kerson15 says:

    exactly auld is almost as bad as a 3 year old with a shinny stick

  40. pmaraw says:

    says the leafs fan.  good thing east to west head shots are penalized.

  41. Mattyleg says:

    Not a bad move, sigining Aul’ Alex. He’ll do as a mentor backup, and the price is right.

    As for Colby Armstrong? HA!! Typical Burkian popularity-grab. Throw tons of money at a 3rd liner because his reputation outshines his ability.

    God, the Laffs are funny…

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  42. crabvader says:

    You done calling everyone an airhead every chance you get?

    You’re really annoying.

    Probably the worst poster on HI/O by far.


  43. RGM says:

    Why are you still here? You got your clearance to leave.

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  44. Newf_Habster says:


    I bet Price is very happy about it cuz no oe can push him over.

  45. Mark C says:

    Biron and Auld are pretty much the same players stats wise at this point in their careers.

  46. crabvader says:

    Armstrong hit Koivu once and all you people are scared of him. I love it.

    He’s the type of guy that will suffer an O’Byrne/Kaleta beat down if he tries anything. I’m not worried.



  47. kerson15 says:

    not good

  48. kempie says:

    Better than the Leafs.


  49. Bryan says:

    Yeah I agree. $3 million for a 30-40 point guy is too much.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  50. Ali says:

    there will be 18 games over the next 3 years where when he’s dropping Cammy Gio and Gomez like flies that you wont be.

  51. adam76 says:

    backup till November.

  52. HabFanSince72 says:

    So are we booing Dan Ellis next year?



  53. madmat411 says:

    who’s Aebesheir?

  54. likehoy says:

    armstrong to leafs…now that’s a nightmare

  55. RGM says:

    Carey’s 6’3″. Not too much of a difference there.

    And since only one of them can be in net at any given time, how does this benefit Carey’s range?

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  56. crabvader says:

    Burke throws 3mil at Armstrong. Now I’m happy we didn’t sign him.



  57. Ali says:

    %#$’ing Armstrong to Toronto. Sometimes, you’d think they’d sign a guy just to make sure he doesnt spend the next 3 years kicking your ass.

  58. Hockey Socks says:

    Plan the parade.


    But seriously, it’s just a backup goalie. Stop whining.

  59. GHG33 says:

    Ug…. bad move imo. Should have gotton Biron.


    Drive For 25 Is Alive!

  60. RGM says:

    Well, I don’t really know what to say about this signing. He’s capable and the stats look respectable. I guess that’ll do.

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  61. danedmunds says:

    JUST HEARD THE NEWS… PRICE IS NOT SIGNING.. habs have decided to go with Auld and Aebesheir

  62. kempie says:


  63. crabvader says:

    I like Auld signing here, got size to help Price’s range. Cheap price tag compared to Ellis, who surely would’ve wanted over 2.5 per.



  64. novahab says:

    Good move he is just what the team needs he a great team player and will help Price. it would be nuts to sign Ellis as 4+ million a year to be a back up. I just hope SK signs with Nashville and we get the darft choice. PG will not sign Boyd either unless his price comes down.

  65. Mike from Ktown says:

    Better hear the habs have come to terms with Price today after hearing this signing 

  66. db says:

    No way PG would put a french goalie behind Price…


    he’s big, he’s bald, he’s alex auld

  67. Oto-HNS says:

    Ellis wouldn’t have signed as a backup.

  68. crabvader says:

    Of course the GD Laffs get Colby Armstrong.




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