The Senators made some room in the crease and a little in the salary cap, sending goaltender Alex Auld packing for the Lone Star State.
Auld was traded to the Dallas Stars for a sixth-round draft pick (originally acquired from the San Jose Sharks) in next year's draft, a dump of his $1-million salary for the Senators, who found themselves about $1.5 million over the $56.8-million salary cap (including the $7.5-million cap hit taken up by Dany Heatley) after signing Alex Kovalev to a two-year, $10-million contract Monday.
Auld wound up being the odd man out after the Senators acquired goalie Pascal Leclaire and a second-round draft pick from Columbus for forward Antoine Vermette at the trade deadline last spring. The Senators used the pick, 46th overall, to select Swedish goaltender Robin Lehner.
LECLAIRE GETS CHANCE
The Senators will go with Leclaire and 24-year-old sophomore Brian Elliott, a restricted free agent, as their goaltenders. Depending on the length of the deal, Elliott's cap hit should represent a slight saving over what the Senators spent on their goaltending last year with Martin Gerber and Auld.
"This opens the door for Brian Elliott to be one of our two goaltenders next year. It takes a few dollars off the salary cap for the moment, but more important is getting two young guys in net who should solidify our goaltending for a while," said Senators GM Bryan Murray.
Auld, 28, was signed as a free agent a year ago and battled Martin Gerber for the No. 1 job early last season.