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Buffalo Sabres 2020 Draft Class Revisited

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A farewell letter to NBC as we move to the ESPN/TNT era

Stanley Cup of Chowder 14 July, 2021 - 12:02pm

It’s not easy to say goodbye...Usually.

I hope this letter finds you in good fiscal health, as that has historically been something you have struggled long and hard into the night with. As a fan of the Boston Bruins and of hockey in general, I don’t think I will be seeing much of you any more, and nor will you see much of me. This is the best possible outcome for the both of us.

I still remember the days we first became acquainted after the ‘04 Lockout and our first, admittedly poor impression. We had been hurt, and at that point were willing to put up with anything, even moving from the worldwide leader in sports to deep into a cable package so you could re-run episodes of Law and Order or some other crime drama was an adjustment we all had to make, particularly in Boston, where the lockout heralded a sign of great change already. You told us national games were coming and for the most part it’s been true, but they also began airing almost two months into the season.

Then came your friends, some of which people liked, like Doc Emrick, and a bunch more embarrassing, obnoxious, and depressing jackanapes that frankly made any time we had to flip over to channel 690, or even worse, try to convince a bartender to find the game on the TVs, to watch NHL hockey a slog when it meant we’d have to listen to some of the oldest, moistest, dustiest old men give backhanded compliments towards star players, and pumped up grinders and fourth liners as a matter of principal. Past conduct by your panelists definitely didnt matter, all that mattered was that you could justify running ads in between their word vomit. It made watching your product a chore. Made even worse is how much you made it clear for all of the NHL's loyalty, you just didn't care. And not just after the TNT/ESPN contracts were announced, you didn't really care the minute the exclusivity contract was signed, did you? Did it ever occur to you that Buffalo after 2011 was going to be that bad and probably didn’t deserve all those national dates while many of the california teams were approaching their Zenith? Is it any wonder then that the NHL, a league already pretty bad at marketing it's product, had trouble moving eyes to the matchup of Defending Stanley Cup Champions and an Original Six cinderella story? Did you ever really care at all?

That's not even to say we didn't have some good times! We Boston fans were lucky to be a big market team: will always have the two Winter Classic victories, the 2011 Cup run, and most recently the Tahoe game that made for the kind of hockey you can increasingly only dream about! You pointed cameras at hockey teams that hadn’t won the Stanley Cup in their history three separate times!

But the good times were only noticeable because they were so infrequent. The amount of frustration with how slick your production could look and how bafflingly unpleasant the on-air personalities could be was too much. Your insistence on treating the game like an also-ran in sports while also having that exclusive contract was infuriating. And now, at long last, it is over.

I admit, there will be some getting used to ESPN’s take on things after years away; I imagine I’ll still reflexively roll my eyes when the inside-the-glass reporter is thrown to for ten seconds because I’m still expecting Pierre McGuire’s deeply cringeworthy “analysis” about where a player played in high school or some screed about numbers that didnt involve the word "hits" scaring him even if I know the Sens put that in their boardrooms, I might hold my remote awaiting to purposefully change the channel expecting the wizened visage of misplaced coaching megalomania to mumble out a few words, and I might just mentally still hear the theme song which, if there’s one thing you actually nailed about your broadcasts, it’s unquestionably that. But I will move on, and I’m prepared to move on. As will you, no doubt.

My only hope for you in the future is that you do learn something from this; you’ve been contracting your business over the last year thanks to The Thing, and have bet on your Peacock service to guide you. You bet on Vince Mcmahon’s idea of pro wrestling and Football and the Olympics. Controversial all, but all will make your money back and then some. Because taking chances was never in your wheelhouse, because being

I will miss some parts of it, but I won’t miss you.

I wish you all the best in whatever future endeavor your corporate overlord at Comcast decides you need to do next.

P.S. Son of a bitch I take it all back

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane won the best player in the NHL award at the ESPY’s.

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2011 NHL Redraft: Gaudreau, Palat make big jumps to first round

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Nikita Kucherov was 20 years old when he made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2013-14 season, but the forward didn't need long to make an impression on coach Jon Cooper.

"I remember having meetings with him when he was a rookie," Cooper said. "Just his knowledge of the game. … I might be the head coach of the team, but it doesn't make me the smartest guy in the room, and you learn from players, and I was in awe of some of the … you know, I'd look at a play and see it a certain way, and then 'Kuch' might see it a different way, and I remember thinking, like, 'Wow, he's … I think he's right.' And so, you could see he had that mentality."

Kucherov didn't get the ice time he hoped for that season, averaging 13:07 in 52 games. But in six seasons since, he's become a centerpiece of two straight Stanley Cup championships.

"The guy's a special, special player," Lightning forward Blake Coleman said. "Obviously he's a big reason why we're here celebrating, a big part of this team. He's on another level."

The Lightning chose Kucherov in the second round (No. 58) and he's developed into one of the top players in the NHL during his seven seasons. But not every player picked at the 2011 draft has reached that lofty status. So with 10 years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players made available today?

Kucherov leads the 2011 draft class in goals (221) and points (547) despite being 17th in games played (515) and missing the entire 2020-21 regular season while recovering from hip surgery. He won the Hart Trophy voted as NHL most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as best player as voted by the NHL Players' Association after he led the League with 128 points (41 goals, 87 assists) in 2018-19. It was the most points in a season by a player since Mario Lemieux (161) and Jaromir Jagr (149) in 1995-96. He led the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season with 32 points (eight goals, 24 assists) in 23 games, after he was first with 34 points (seven goals, 25 assists) in the 2019-20 postseason. The only other players to score at least 30 points in consecutive playoff seasons are Wayne Gretzky (1983-85, 1987-88) and Lemieux (1991-92). He also has a plus-149 even-strength goal differential, the best of any player in his draft class.

Scheifele, the first draft pick of the Jets after the franchise relocated from Atlanta in 2011, has become a franchise player in his 10 NHL seasons. He's scored at least 20 goals in six straight seasons, including a personal best 38 in 2018-19. He's third among players in his draft class in goals (201) and points (507).

Landeskog tied Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the lead among NHL rookies in 2011-12 with 52 points (18 goals, 34 assists) and won the Calder Trophy voted as NHL rookie of the year. He's scored at least 20 goals eight times in 10 NHL seasons, with a high of 34 in 2018-19. He became the youngest full-time captain of an NHL team when he was named Avalanche captain at 19 years, 286 days old Sept. 4, 2012. He's been a key presence on one of the top lines in the NHL with Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, and he's second among players in the 2011 draft class in goals (218), points (512) and games played (687).

Huberdeau tied Nail Yakupov for the scoring lead among rookies in 2012-13 with 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 48 games and won the Calder Trophy. His best season was 2018-19, when he tied for 12th in the NHL with 92 points (30 goals, 62 assists), and he's one of six NHL players with at least 20 goals and 40 assists each of the past four seasons (Leon Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Brad Marchand, Connor McDavid, Mark Stone). His 330 assists lead the 2011 draft class and his 498 points are fourth.

Couturier's strong defensive play earned him a full-time NHL role as an 18-year-old in 2011-12. After Couturier was used primarily as a checking center during his first six NHL seasons, he broke out with back-to-back 30-goal seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He won the Selke Trophy voted as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2019-20 after finishing second in 2017-18. Couturier plays in all situations for the Flyers and is the only player in his draft class to average at least 2:00 of ice time per game on the power play (2:01) and penalty kill (2:19). His 692 games are the most among players drafted in 2011, and his 174 goals and 443 points are seventh.

Zibanejad has emerged as a No. 1 center in five seasons since being traded to the New York Rangers on July 18, 2016. He was fifth in the NHL last season with 41 goals in 57 games, including five against the Washington Capitals on March 5, 2020. Zibanejad has scored at least 24 goals in four straight seasons, and his 200 are fourth among players drafted in 2011.

Gaudreau led NHL rookies with 40 assists in 2014-15, tied Stone for the lead with 64 points and finished third in voting for the Calder Trophy. He scored 30 goals in 2015-16 and tied MacKinnon for seventh in the NHL with 99 points (36 goals, 63 assists) in 2018-19. He's 16th in games played in his draft class (520), but his 494 points are fifth and his average of 0.95 points per game are second to Kucherov (1.06).

Chosen with the fourth-to-last pick of the 2011 draft, Palat has been one of the top two-way forwards in the NHL during his nine seasons. His 59 points (23 goals, 36 assists) in 2013-14 were second among rookies behind MacKinnon, and he was runner-up to the Avalanche center in voting for the Calder Trophy. In 2014-15, Palat scored an NHL career-high 63 points (16 goals, 47 assists) in 75 games, and was second on the Lightning last season with 11 goals, including three game-winners, during the postseason to help them win the Stanley Cup. Palat is ninth in his draft class with 374 points, but first at plus-132 and second with a plus-134 even-strength on-ice goal differential.

Hamilton's 106 goals, 235 assists, 341 points and plus-72 rating are the most among defensemen selected in 2011. His 17 goals for the Flames in 2017-18 tied with Victor Hedman of the Lightning for the NHL lead at the position, and his 18 goals in 2018-19 were the most by a Carolina Hurricanes/Hartford Whalers defenseman since the franchise moved to North Carolina in 1997. He's the only NHL defenseman to score at least 10 goals in each of the past seven seasons, and his 94 goals in that span are tied with Roman Josi for third, behind Brent Burns (120) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (96).

Binnington didn't start his first NHL game until Jan. 7, 2019, when he had a 25-save shutout against the Flyers. That win kicked off the Blues' memorable run to the Stanley Cup, with Binnington emerging as their most important player. He went 24-5-1 and led the NHL with a 1.89 goals-against average, then during the playoffs became the first rookie goalie with 16 wins. He won 30 games in 2019-20, and his 72 wins and 125 games are second among goalies in his draft class.

Gibson had a shutout in his NHL debut against the Vancouver Canucks on April 7, 2014. At 20 years, 297 days old, he was the youngest NHL goalie with a shutout in his first game since Darren Puppa (20 years, 223 days) in 1985. He also had a shutout in his first NHL postseason game, defeating the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round on May 10, 2014. Gibson shared the William Jennings Trophy with Frederik Andersen for the Ducks allowing the fewest goals in 2015-16. His 148 wins and 22 shutouts are the most among goalies drafted in 2011.

Saad has scored at least 20 goals five times in 10 NHL seasons. He led NHL rookies with a plus-17 rating in 2012-13 and helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup. He was part of Chicago's Cup championship in 2015, scoring the game-winning goal against the Lightning in Game 4 of the Final and assisting on Patrick Kane's insurance goal in the Cup-clinching 2-0 win in Game 6. His 184 goals are sixth in his draft class and his 371 points are 10th.

Nugent-Hopkins tied Landeskog for the rookie scoring lead with 52 points (18 goals, 34 assists) in 62 games in 2011-12 and was second to Landeskog in Calder Trophy voting. He's scored at least 20 goals four times in his past seven seasons, including a personal-best 28 in 2018-19. His 185 goals are fifth among players in his draft class, and his 293 assists and 478 points each are sixth.

Trocheck emerged as a top scorer for the Panthers in 2015-16 with 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) in 76 games. He led them with 54 points (23 goals, 31 assists) in 2016-17 and 31 goals in 2017-18. Trocheck was traded to the Hurricanes on Feb. 24, 2020, and this season was second on Carolina with 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 47 games. His average of 0.69 points per game (327 points in 474 games) is eighth in his draft class.

Miller has scored at least 20 goals four times in his nine NHL seasons. Last season he scored an NHL career-best 72 points (27 goals, 45 assists) in 69 games to lead the Canucks, and 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) in 17 playoff games to help them reach the second round for the first time since 2011. Miller is 11th in his draft class with 355 points (137 goals, 218 assists).

Pageau has reached the third round of the playoffs three times in his nine NHL seasons, including the past two with the New York Islanders. He became the first player in seven years to score four goals in a playoff game when he did it for the Senators against the Rangers in Game 2 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Second Round, and his eight goals led Ottawa, which lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Pageau has played a key third-line role for the Islanders the past two seasons. He's averaged 0.53 points in 76 postseason games, up from 0.43 in 489 regular-season games.

Karlsson showed what he could accomplish with more playing time when he was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He averaged 13:44 of ice time in his first three seasons with the Ducks and Columbus Blue Jackets, but 18:43 in 82 games in 2017-18 and finished third in the NHL with 43 goals. His 23.4 percent shooting percentage was the highest for a 40-goal scorer since Cam Neely for the Boston Bruins in 1993-94 (27.0 percent). He also led the NHL with a plus-49 rating and was voted the winner of the Lady Byng Trophy for gentlemanly play. He's scored 96 goals, most in Golden Knights history, and is 16th in his draft class with 269 points (114 goals, 155 assists).

Rakell led the Ducks with 33 goals and led the NHL with 10 game-winning goals in 2016-17, then scored 13 points (seven goals, six assists) and was plus-13 in 15 postseason games to help them reach the Western Conference Final. He led Anaheim with 34 goals in 2017-18, skated in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game and ended his season by helping Sweden win the 2018 IIHF World Championship. His 138 goals are 10th among players drafted in 2011.

Strome has found a consistent top-six role since being traded to the Rangers on Nov. 16, 2018. He set NHL bests in assists (41) and points (59) in 2019-20 and this season he was third on the Rangers with 49 points (14 goals, 35 assists) in 56 games and averaged a personal-best 0.88 points per game. He's 15th in his draft class with 303 points (109 goals, 194 assists) in 547 games.

Shaw supplied grit and toughness to the Blackhawks for their Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2015. He also added timely offense, including the triple-overtime goal against the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the 2013 Final. Shaw announced April 26 he was ending his playing career because of concussions. He finished with 247 points (116 goals, 131 assists) in 544 games.

Danault has developed into a top defensive-minded forward since he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 26, 2016. He was sixth in voting for the Selke Trophy this season, the third time he's finished in the top 10 in voting for the award. Danault has been on the ice for 227 even-strength goals-against since 2015-16, eighth fewest among forwards to average at least 14:00 per game at even strength (minimum 300 games).

No skater selected in 2011 has played more minutes than Brodin (13,305:58). His 608 games lead defensemen and are fifth among players in his draft class. His 169 points (39 goals, 130 assists) are second among defensemen chosen in 2011, and his nine goals this season were a personal high. 

Coleman has given important secondary scoring and toughness to the Lightning during back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. He scored the second goal in Tampa Bay's title-clinching 2-0 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Final last season, and his spectacular diving, one-handed goal was the winner against the Canadiens in Game 2 of the 2021 Final. He's also led the Lightning in hits during the playoffs each of the past two seasons.

Jenner set personal NHL-highs of 30 goals and 49 points in 2015-16 and has scored at least 16 goals four other times during eight NHL seasons. His 499 blocked shots are second to Landeskog (500) among forwards in the 2011 draft class, and his 1,291 hits are third (Landeskog, 1,370; Adam Lowry, 1,305).

Edmundson was a physical presence for the Blues when they won the Stanley Cup in 2019, leading St. Louis defensemen with 42 hits during the postseason, and he brought that same level of toughness to the Canadiens to help them reach the Final this season. He scored a personal-best 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 68 games for the Hurricanes in 2019-20.

Klefbom missed this season recovering from shoulder surgery, and shoulder injuries have allowed him to play more than 66 games once since debuting with the Oilers in 2013-14. He played 82 games in 2016-17 and scored 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists), and 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) in 62 games last season. Despite being eighth among defensemen in his draft class with 378 games, he's third with 156 points.

Murphy has been a solid, defensive-minded defenseman during his eight NHL seasons with the Coyotes and Blackhawks. He set his NHL best with 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in 58 games for Chicago last season. His 1,044 hits are second among defensemen in his draft class (Adam Larsson, 1,453), and his 891 blocked shots are third (Larsson, 1,059; Brodin, 989).

Mayfield has seen his responsibilities and ice time go up in three seasons since Barry Trotz was hired as Islanders coach. Since 2018-19, Mayfield is averaging 19:20 of ice time per game, including 2:22 per game shorthanded. In that time, New York has allowed 2.46 goals per game, fewest in the NHL, and its 81.1 percent success rate on the penalty kill is eighth. Mayfield has been on the ice for 117 even-strength goals-against the past three seasons, fewest among any NHL defenseman to average at least 16:00 of even-strength ice time per game (minimum 200 games). 

Manson led the NHL defensemen in 2017-18 with a plus-34 rating and plus-32 even-strength goal differential and was first among Ducks defensemen with 37 points (seven goals, 30 assists) in 80 games. He's in the top 10 among defensemen selected in 2011 in games (fifth, 408), points (sixth, 104), plus/minus (fourth, plus-39), hits (third, 967) and blocked shots (ninth, 455).

Namestnikov scored 44 points (20 goals, 24 assists) in 62 games for the Lightning in 2017-18 and then was dealt ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline to the Rangers for defenseman Ryan McDonagh and Miller. Namestnikov also scored 17 goals in 65 games for the Rangers, Senators and Avalanche in 2019-20. His 206 points (91 goals, 115 assists) are 20th among players in his draft class.

Missing first-round picks: Adam Larsson, D, New Jersey Devils (4); Duncan Siemens, D, Colorado Avalanche (11); Ryan Murphy, D, Carolina Hurricanes (12); Sven Baertschi, LW, Calgary Flames (13); Jamie Oleksiak, D, Dallas Stars (14); Joel Armia, RW, Buffalo Sabres (16); Nathan Beaulieu, D, Montreal Canadiens (17); Mark McNeill, C, Chicago Blackhawks (18); Stefan Noesen, RW, Ottawa Senators (21); Tyler Biggs, RW, Toronto Maple Leafs (22); Joe Morrow, D, Pittsburgh Penguins (23); Matt Puempel, LW, Ottawa Senators (24); Stuart Percy, D, Toronto Maple Leafs (25); Zack Phillips, C, Minnesota Wild (28); Nicklas Jensen, RW, Vancouver Canucks (29)

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The NHL on ESPN Gives Me Nostalgic Goosebumps

Broad Street Buzz 13 July, 2021 - 01:30am

TORONTO, ON - MARCH 22: Eric Lindros #88 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during NHL game action on March 22, 1999 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Graig Abel/Getty Images)

The NHL returns to ESPN next week for coverage of the Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft and the first round of the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. League coverage will return to ESPN for the 2021-22 season after being limited to ESPN+ in recent years.

Hearing the old ESPN hockey theme music gives me the chills. It’s a reminder for me, and for any fans born in the 1990s, of early memories watching the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s reminiscent of the Legion of Doom era when Eric Lindros and John LeClair were the good guys in orange and black against their arch-rival Scott Stevens and the New Jersey Devils.

The days of Western Conference rivalry games between the Colorado Avalanche and the Detroit Red Wings race through the minds of hockey fans whenever they hear that music. Memories of heroes like Mike Modano, Paul Kariya, and Joe Sakic are reignited as highlights of the golden era of hockey on ESPN during the late 1990s.

ESPN announced the majority of its new broadcast team during the Stanley Cup Final. They chose an interesting mix of former NHL talent, blossoming hockey media personalities from other outlets, and stalwarts from their older days of hockey coverage.

Hall of Famers Chris Chelios and Mark Messier were the most recognizable names in the lineup, and they will be joined by prominent former players Ryan Callahan, Kevin Weekes, Brian Boucher, and Ray Ferraro. Previous ESPN personalities Sean McDonough, Steve Levy, and John Buccigross are expected to handle the bulk of play-by-play duties.

Boucher played parts of six seasons with the Flyers during his 13-year NHL career. He manned the crease during their run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2000, making one of the most spectacular saves in league history in the process. He has already proven himself as a capable analyst on NBC, especially in simplifying the complexities of the goaltending position.

Former play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne was a notable omission from the team, but ESPN did not close the door on a possible reunion. Hockey fans should be lucky enough to hear the iconic “kick save and a beauty” call once again.

The recent partnership between the NHL and NBC began following the cancellation of the 2004-05 season. NBC broadcasted games on Outdoor Life Network (remember that?), Versus, and eventually NBC Sports Network.

Former Flyers broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick narrated a tremendous tribute to the NHL on NBC that aired prior to Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Flyers appeared in one Stanley Cup Final and five outdoor games during the 16-year partnership.

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Top NHL free agent goalies: Andersen on market

NHL.com 12 July, 2021 - 11:00pm

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The 31-year-old played 24 games, the fewest in his eight NHL seasons, because of a lower-body injury and was 13-8-3 with a career-worst 2.96 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. Andersen had won at least 20 games and had a save percentage of at least .909 in each of his previous seven NHL seasons. In 393 regular-season games (381 starts) for the Anaheim Ducks and Maple Leafs, Andersen is 226-100-48 with a 2.65 GAA, .915 save percentage and 19 shutouts, and 27-23 with a 2.55 GAA, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 53 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

The 32-year-old was one of the bright spots for the Red Wings this season, going 9-11-1 with a 2.99 GAA and .914 save percentage in 24 games (23 starts). He has made at least 30 starts in each of his previous seven full NHL seasons and is capable of being a starter or backup. Bernier is 161-159-39 with a 2.77 GAA, .913 save percentage and 18 shutouts in 394 regular-season games (355 starts) for the Los Angeles Kings, Maple Leafs, Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and Red Wings. He is 2-5 with a 3.35 GAA and .885 save percentage in nine playoff games (five starts), winning the Stanley Cup with the Kings as the backup to Jonathan Quick in 2012. 

The 27-year-old was 14-6-3 with a 2.07 GAA, .927 save percentage and three shutouts in 23 games, his first full NHL season. Driedger could be expendable with 20-year-old Spencer Knight emerging late this season as the successor to Sergei Bobrovsky, who has five seasons remaining on his contract. After it took the third-round pick (No. 76) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2012 NHL Draft more than seven years to make his first NHL start, Driedger has performed well in a limited sample size. He is 21-9-4 with a 2.09 GAA, .929 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 regular-season games (34 starts) for the Senators and Panthers.

Although Dubnyk has struggled in each of the past two seasons, during which he is 18-26-4 with a 3.29 GAA, .892 save percentage and two shutouts in 52 games (46 starts), there will likely still be teams interested in signing the 35-year-old, who is out to prove he can still perform at a high level. For five straight seasons from 2014-19, Dubnyk won at least 31 games and never had a GAA higher than 2.54 or a save percentage lower than .913. He is 253-206-54 with a 2.61 GAA, .914 save percentage and 33 shutouts in 542 regular-season games (514 starts) for the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks and Avalanche.

If Elliott doesn't re-sign with the Flyers, he could be one of the most coveted backup goalies available. The 36-year-old was 15-9-2 with a 3.06 GAA, .889 save percentage and two shutouts in 30 games (26 starts) this season. Elliott has played at least 30 games in 11 of his 13 NHL seasons, going 256-155-49 with a 2.53 GAA, .910 save percentage and 42 shutouts in 502 regular-season games (457 starts) for the Senators, Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, Calgary Flames and Flyers.

The 29-year-old was 30-9-1 in 40 games (39 starts) this season. Grubauer led the NHL in GAA (1.95; minimum 30 starts), was tied with Semyon Varlamov of the New York Islanders for the lead in shutouts (seven), second in wins behind Andre Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning (31), and sixth in save percentage (.922). He is 109-61-21 with a 2.34 GAA, .920 save percentage and 18 shutouts in 214 regular-season games (187 starts) for the Washington Capitals and Avalanche. Grubauer is 19-10-1 with a 2.50 GAA, .913 save percentage and two shutouts in 33 postseason games (32 starts), winning the Stanley Cup with Washington as the backup to Braden Holtby in 2018. 

The 36-year-old had been the primary backup to Tuukka Rask since signing with the Bruins as a free agent July 1, 2018, but he was overtaken by rookie Jeremy Swayman at the end of this season after being placed on the NHL COVID-19 protocol list April 5. Halak finished 9-6-4 with a 2.53 GAA, .905 save percentage and two shutouts in 19 games (17 starts). In 539 regular-season games (517 starts) for the Montreal Canadiens, Blues, Capitals, Islanders and Bruins, Halak is 281-173-62 with a 2.48 GAA, .916 save percentage and 52 shutouts. He is 17-20 with a 2.48 GAA and .919 save percentage in 39 playoff games (37 starts).

The 29-year-old was limited to 12 games this season because of injuries, going 6-2-3 with a 2.06 GAA, .923 save percentage and three shutouts. Mrazek won at least 21 games in each of his previous two seasons with the Hurricanes but could opt to sign elsewhere after rookie Alex Nedeljkovic took over as the starter late in the season and during the playoffs. Mrazek is 128-96-31 with a 2.59 GAA, .911 save percentage and 24 shutouts in 275 regular-season games (250 starts) for the Red Wings, Flyers and Hurricanes.

Along with Mrazek and Nedeljkovic, Reimer was one of three goalies the Hurricanes regularly used this season. The 33-year-old was 15-5-2 with a 2.66 GAA and .906 save percentage in 22 games (21 starts) but could be playing elsewhere next season if the Hurricanes choose instead to try and re-sign Mrazek to pair with Nedeljkovic. Reimer is 173-131-43 with a 2.79 GAA, .913 save percentage and 24 shutouts in 385 regular-season games (351 starts) for the Maple Leafs, Sharks, Panthers and Hurricanes.

The 39-year-old had a resurgence this season, going 21-6-2 and ranking fifth in save percentage (.923; minimum 30 starts) and sixth in GAA (2.31; minimum 30 starts) after he was 19-12-6 with a 2.95 GAA and .902 save percentage in 2019-20, his first season with Edmonton. Smith is 283-254-76 with a 2.69 GAA, .912 save percentage and 42 shutouts in 642 regular-season games (618 starts) for the Dallas Stars, Lightning, Coyotes, Flames and Oilers.

The 27-year-old played 20 games this season because of a lower-body injury, going 9-6-3 with a 2.63 GAA and .917 save percentage. His presence was greatly missed, though, by the Sabres, who were 6-28-4 without him in net. Ullmark is 50-47-13 with a 2.78 GAA, .912 save percentage and three shutouts in 117 regular-season games (112 starts) with Buffalo.

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