Scott Burnside of ESPN ranked Alex Auld as the league's fifth-best bargain in terms of contributions versus cap hit. First place was Tim Thomas, followed in order by Joe Pavelski, Jiri Hudler, Kyle Quincey, and Auld. Here's what Burnside had to say:
"It didn't seem like much of a bargain when the Sens signed Auld, a journeyman netminder with an uneven track record, to a two-year deal worth $2 million this past offseason. But when Martin Gerber couldn't deliver the goods -- again -- the Sens turned to Auld, who has provided yeoman service in building a 9-6-4 record with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. He is one of the main reasons the Sens are in the playoff hunt and not languishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings."Got to say, it's pretty amazing that Auld is second in the league in goals-against average (2.06) and eighth in save percentage (.924) on a team that is below .500. Especially for $1M a year.