Alex Auld excited about next challenge

Alex Auld will head to New York to give the Rangers some depth at goalie behind No. 1 netminder Henrik Lundqvist. Auld is excited about joining his new team, but also sad to leave Dallas. His thoughts:

“It’s exciting,” Auld said by phone. “Obviously, you want to play for an NHL team and that’s what I’m getting here. I look forward to going there and seeing if I can help them get in the playoffs any way I can. They have one of the best goalies in the league there in Henrik Lundqvist, but whatever they need from me, I’ll do. I’ve known throughout my career that there are many ways to contribute.”

He appreciated the way the Stars handled the situation.

"The fact that Joe Nieuwendyk was open and honest with me from the minute they got Lehtonen, that helps too," Auld said. "I didn’t feel like I was left out there wondering what might happen. He said there was a possibility that they’d have to move me. I knew after the Olympic break that something was going to happen. In a short time we fell in love with the area here in Texas, so it’s tough to move on. At the same time, I’m looking forward to a new and exciting challenge. But the way the organization handled things with class made a tough situation easier."