Dec 1, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; Ottawa Senators goalie Alex Auld (35) before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Senators, 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Puts an End to Amateur Emergency Backup Goaltenders Sort Of

The National Hockey League has sort of put an end to amateur emergency backup goaltenders, according to a tweet from

The previous CBA only allowed teams to sign goaltenders without professional experience to serve as an emergency backup. The talent pool was shallow and teams often had to use goaltenders that have little to no chance of making it professionally.

Hence the reason the Canucks had to use Chris Levesque as their emergency backup in 2003-04 and Dustin Butler last season (It kind of makes you wonder if the Canucks were aware of this rule change).

The change means there likely won’t be anymore ‘Chris Levesques’  around the league when teams have the option of signing a goaltender actually capable of stopping a puck at the NHL level.

If the Canucks need an emergency backup, they could sign somebody like Alex Auld (pictured above), who is now a contributor on the Sportsnet Pacific panel during the intermission. There’s also goaltending consultant Dan Cloutier if he’s around. They could sign any recent NHL or minor league goaltender as long as the player does not have an existing professional contract.

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