Rangers acquire backup goalie Alex Auld off waivers from Dallas Stars

NEW YORK – The Rangers have found the veteran backup goalie they have been looking for, claiming Alex Auld off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars.

The move to get the 29-year-old Auld was announced Saturday during the NHL Olympic break. He was 9-6-3 with a 3.00 goals against average in 21 games this season with the Stars. Auld is 83-81-2-26 in 204 games over eight NHL seasons with Vancouver, Florida, Phoenix, Boston, Ottawa and Dallas.

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New York has been alternating with minor leaguers Chad Johnson and Matt Zaba as the backup to workhorse starter Henrik Lundqvist since struggling veteran Steve Valiquette was sent to Hartford of the AHL. Johnson has played in five games with the Rangers, and Zaba has appeared in one.