2010 NHL Free Agency: Marty Turco and Evgeni Nabokov odd goaltenders out

turco.jpgWe are now just about two and half hours into free agency and the two biggest names on the goaltender market are still available.

Martin Biron, Antero Nittymaki, Alex Auld and now Dan Ellis have all signed with four of the teams that seriously needed goaltenders. That leaves Evgeni Nabokov and Marty Turco on the outside looking in, and the teams still in need of starting goaltenders has drastically diminished in numbers.

Philadelphia is still a possibility for either of the two, although with all of the signings Philadelphia has made today they don’t have much room for a big goaltender without making another trade. Besides, I’m hearing Chris Mason is a better possibility than Turco or Nabokov in Philadelphia.

What seems to be the case, especially considering the financials of the deals handed to goaltenders so far, is the Nabokov and Turco are likely asking for way too much money. Look for either to sign a one-year contract if they can’t get the deal they want, and there’s still the Washington Capitals out there.

Right now, however, it seems that Turco and Nabokov will have to settle for a backup goaltender job, and there’s always the chance that Nabokov heads on over to the KHL.

Could Turco deal with being a backup goaltender?

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    NHL Draft Lottery: No. 1 pick to be awarded Monday night

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    The No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft will be announced Monday night during Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

    All eight teams that were eliminated in the Stanley Cup Qualifying Round are eligible and each have a 12.5% chance of winning the No. 1 pick. Rimouski forward Alexis Lafreniere is expected to be chosen with the first overall selection.

    Phase 1 of the draft lottery was held in June and won by a team involved in the NHL’s Return to Play. That means that one of the Rangers, Predators, Panthers, Wild, Penguins, Jets, Oilers, or Maple Leafs will pick first when the draft is held Oct. 9-10, 2020.

    According to the NHL, since the 1995 draft, no team has held the No. 1 pick finishing better than 26th in the standings.

    Here’s a look at the order of the first 15 picks:

    ROUND 1 ORDER
    1. Placeholder team
    2. Los Angeles Kings
    3. Ottawa Senators (via San Jose)
    4. Detroit Red Wings
    5. Ottawa Senators
    6. Anaheim Ducks
    7. New Jersey Devils
    8. Buffalo Sabres
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    9. Placeholder team
    10. Placeholder team
    11. Placeholder team
    12. Placeholder team
    13. Placeholder team
    14. Placeholder team
    15. Placeholder team

    The seven losing teams from the First Round who do not win the No. 1 pick will fill out spots 9-15 by reverse order of their regular season points percentages. The remaining 16 Round 1 draft picks will be determined by the results of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    The prospects

    Lafreniere will be the No. 1 pick. That’s been settled. After that? It could go a lot of different ways. Quinton Byfield (Sudbury – C- OHL), Tim Stutzle (Adler Mannheim – C/LW – DEL), Lucas Raymond (Frolunda – LW/C – SHL), Jamie Drysdale (Erie – D – OHL), Marco Rossi (Ottawa – C – OHL), Cole Perfetti (Saginaw – C – OHL), Jake Sanderson (D – USNTDP) are among the top prospects expected to be selected early.

    Check out Ryan Wagman’s midseason mock draft to further educate yourself on these players.

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    NHL schedule for First Round of 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs

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    The Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Tuesday, Aug. 11 in the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto. The league has released the 2020 NHL playoff schedule for the First Round.

    The top four teams during the regular season in both conferences played a three-game round robin for seeding in the First Round. The eight winners of the best-of-5 Qualifying Round advanced to the First Round. The losing teams from the Qualifying Round have been entered into Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery.

    Below is the 2020 NHL playoff schedule.

    Note: Teams are re-seeded after each round.

    EASTERN CONFERENCE (Scotiabank Arena)

    No. 1 Philadelphia Flyers vs. No. 8 Montreal Canadiens

    Wednesday, Aug. 12: Montreal at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Friday, Aug. 14: Montreal at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Sunday, Aug. 16: Philadelphia at Montreal, 8 p.m. ET – NBC
    Tuesday, Aug. 18: Philadelphia at Montreal, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    *Wednesday, Aug. 19: Montreal at Philadelphia – TBD
    *Friday, Aug. 21: Philadelphia at Montreal – TBD
    *Sunday, Aug. 23: Montreal at Philadelphia – TBD

    No. 2 Tampa Bay Lightning vs. No. 7 Columbus Blue Jackets

    Tuesday, Aug. 11: Columbus at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Thursday, Aug. 13: Columbus at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Saturday, Aug. 15: Tampa Bay at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Monday, Aug. 17: Tampa Bay at Columbus, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    *Wednesday, Aug. 19: Columbus at Tampa Bay – TBD
    *Friday, Aug. 21: Tampa Bay at Columbus – TBD
    *Saturday, Aug. 22: Columbus at Tampa Bay – TBD

    No. 3 Washington Capitals vs. No. 6 New York Islanders

    Wednesday, Aug. 12: NY Islanders at Washington, 3 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Friday, Aug. 14: NY Islanders at Washington, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Sunday, Aug. 16: Washington at NY Islanders, 12 p.m. ET – USA Network
    Tuesday, Aug. 18: Washington at NY Islanders, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    *Thursday, Aug. 20: NY Islanders at Washington – TBD
    *Saturday, Aug. 22: Washington at NY Islanders – TBD
    *Sunday, Aug. 23: NY Islanders at Washington – TBD

    No. 4 Boston Bruins vs. No. 5 Carolina Hurricanes

    Tuesday, Aug. 11: Carolina at Boston, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Thursday, Aug. 13: Carolina at Boston, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Saturday, Aug. 15: Boston at Carolina, 12 p.m ET – NBC
    Monday, Aug. 17: Boston at Carolina, 8 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    *Wednesday, Aug. 19: Carolina at Boston – TBD
    *Thursday, Aug. 20: Boston at Carolina – TBD
    *Sunday, Aug. 23: Carolina at Boston – TBD

    *if necessary

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    WESTERN CONFERENCE (Rogers Place)

    No. 1 Vegas Golden Knights vs. No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks

    Tuesday, Aug. 11: Chicago at Vegas, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Thursday, Aug. 13: Chicago at Vegas, 5:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Saturday, Aug. 15: Vegas at Chicago, 8 p.m. ET – NBC
    Sunday, Aug. 16: Vegas at Chicago, 6:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    *Tuesday, Aug. 18: Chicago at Vegas – TBD
    *Thursday, Aug. 20: Vegas at Chicago – TBD
    *Saturday, Aug. 22: Chicago at Vegas – TBD

    No. 2 Colorado Avalanche vs. No. 7 Arizona Coyotes

    Wednesday, Aug. 12: Arizona at Colorado, 5:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Friday, Aug. 14: Arizona at Colorado, 2 p.m. ET – NHL Network
    Saturday, Aug. 15: Colorado at Arizona, 3 p.m. ET – CNBC
    Monday, Aug. 17: Colorado at Arizona, 5:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    *Wednesday, Aug. 19: Arizona at Colorado – TBD
    *Friday, Aug. 21: Colorado at Arizona – TBD
    *Sunday, Aug. 23: Arizona at Colorado – TBD

    No. 3 Dallas Stars vs. No. 6 Calgary Flames

    Tuesday, Aug. 11: Calgary at Dallas, 5:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Thursday, Aug. 13: Calgary at Dallas, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Friday, Aug. 14: Dallas at Calgary, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Sunday, Aug. 16: Dallas at Calgary, 2 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    *Tuesday, Aug. 18: Calgary at Dallas – TBD
    *Thursday, Aug. 20: Dallas at Calgary – TBD
    *Saturday, Aug. 22: Dallas at Calgary – TBD

    No. 4 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 5 Vancouver Canucks

    Wednesday, Aug. 12: Vancouver at St. Louis, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    Friday, Aug. 14: Vancouver at St. Louis, 6:30 p.m. ET – NHL Network
    Sunday, Aug. 16: St. Louis at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m. ET – CNBC
    Monday, Aug. 17: St. Louis at Vancouver, 10:30 p.m. ET – NBCSN
    *Wednesday, Aug. 19: Vancouver at St. Louis – TBD
    *Friday, Aug. 21: St. Louis at Vancouver – TBD
    *Sunday, Aug. 23: Vancouver at St. Louis – TBD

    *if necessary

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    Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

    Korpisalo, Blue Jackets rebound to knock out Maple Leafs in Game 5

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    Zach Werenski and Liam Foudy provided the goals and Joonas Korpisalo stopped 33 shots as the Blue Jackets eliminated the Maple Leafs with a 3-0 win in Game 5.

    Columbus will face the Lightning in First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second straight year.

    There was a question heading into Game 5 whether Werenski would be able to play. He didn’t play a shift after the middle of the third period in Game 4. His absence would have left a big hole on the Blue Jackets’ blue line.

    But Werenski suited up and played 22:44 and made an impact. His biggest contribution came when he opened the scoring via a wrist shot from the point 6:29 into the game.

    From there, the Maple Leafs pressed and pressed and pressed. Hoping to keep the pressure on, Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe reunited his “superstar” line of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and John Tavares at times. But as the game wore on and Korpisalo kept stopping every shot, the trio were broken up in hopes of spreading out the attack.

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    It didn’t matter. Korpisalo didn’t budge and rebounded after being pulled 29 minutes into Game 4. He finished the series with a .967 even strength save percentage.

    While the Blue Jackets netminder kept doing his job, Columbus seemed happy to sit back and defend in the third period, hoping to take advantage of an opportunity. That’s where Foudy came in.

    The rookie forward took control of the puck deep in the Toronto zone as the Maple Leafs went for a line change. Martin Marincin was stuck one-on-one with Foudy, and the 20-year-old wired a low shot by Frederik Andersen to clinch the series.

    Of course, after the wild ending to Game 5, a 2-0 third period lead didn’t mean security for the Blue Jackets. But they stayed strong defensively and Nick Foligno put the final nail in with an empty netter with 22.8 seconds to go.

    (8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (9) Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ wins series 3-2)

    Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 0 (recap)
    Tuesday, Aug. 4: Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 0 (recap)
    Thursday, Aug. 6: Blue Jackets 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) (recap)
    Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT) (recap)
    Sunday, Aug. 9: Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 0

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    Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.

    NHL schedule for 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers in league’s Return to Play

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    It’s time to focus on the NHL games, including the 2020 NHL playoffs schedule. The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers began on Saturday, Aug. 1 in the hub cities of Edmonton and Toronto.

    The top four teams in both conferences will play a three-game round robin for seeding in the First Round. The Stanley Cup Qualifiers will be best-of-5 series with the losing teams being entered into Phase 2 of the NHL Draft Lottery.

    Below is a full 2020 NHL playoffs schedule of both the round-robin and the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

    [CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE]

    EASTERN CONFERENCE (Scotiabank Arena)

    Round-robin

    Philadelphia Flyers (3-0-0, 6 points)
    Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1-0, 4 points)
    Washington Capitals (1-1-1, 3 points)
    Boston Bruins (0-3-0, 0 points)

    Sunday, Aug. 2: Flyers 4, Bruins 1 (recap)
    Monday, Aug. 3
    : Lightning 3, Capitals 2 (SO) (recap)
    Wednesday, Aug. 5: Lightning 3, Bruins 2 (recap)
    Thursday, Aug. 6: Flyers 3, Capitals 1 (recap)
    Saturday, Aug. 8: Flyers 4, Lightning 1 (recap)
    Sunday, Aug. 9: Capitals 2, Bruins 1 (recap)

    First Round matchups
    • Flyers vs. Canadiens
    • Capitals vs. Islanders
    • Bruins vs. Hurricanes
    • Lightning vs. Blue Jackets

    (5) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (12) Montreal Canadiens (MTL won series 3-1)

    Saturday, Aug. 1: Canadiens 3, Penguins 2 (recap)
    Monday, Aug. 3: Penguins 3, Canadiens 1 (recap)
    Wednesday, Aug. 5: Canadiens 4, Penguins 3 (recap)
    Friday, Aug. 7: Canadiens 2, Penguins 0 (recap)

    (6) Carolina Hurricanes vs. (11) New York Rangers (CAR won series 3-0)

    Saturday, Aug. 1: Hurricanes 3, Rangers 2 (recap)
    Monday, Aug. 3: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1 (recap)
    Tuesday, Aug. 4: Hurricanes 4, Rangers 1 (recap)

    (7) New York Islanders vs. (10) Florida Panthers (NYI won series 3-1)

    Saturday, Aug. 1: Islanders 2, Panthers 1 (recap)
    Tuesday, Aug. 4: Islanders 4, Panthers 2 (recap)
    Wednesday, Aug. 5: Panthers 3, Islanders 2 (recap)
    Friday, Aug. 7: Islanders 5, Panthers 1 (recap)

    (8) Toronto Maple Leafs vs. (9) Columbus Blue Jackets (CBJ won series 3-2)

    Sunday, Aug. 2: Blue Jackets 2, Maple Leafs 0 (recap)
    Tuesday, Aug. 4: Maple Leafs 3, Blue Jackets 0 (recap)
    Thursday, Aug. 6: Blue Jackets 4, Maple Leafs 3 (OT) (recap)
    Friday, Aug. 7: Maple Leafs 4, Blue Jackets 3 (OT) (recap)
    Sunday, Aug. 9: Blue Jackets 3, Maple Leafs 0 (recap)

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    WESTERN CONFERENCE (Rogers Place)

    Round-robin

    Vegas Golden Knights (3-0-0, 6 points)
    Colorado Avalanche (2-1-0, 4 points)
    Dallas Stars (1-2-0, 2 points)
    St. Louis Blues (0-2-1, 1 point)

    Sunday, Aug. 2: Avalanche 2, Blues 1 (recap)
    Monday, Aug. 3: Golden Knights 4, Stars 3 (recap)
    Wednesday, Aug. 5: Avalanche 4, Stars 0
    Thursday, Aug. 6: Golden Knights 6, Blues 4 (recap)
    Saturday, Aug. 8: Golden Knights 4, Avalanche 3 (OT) (recap)
    Sunday, Aug. 9: Stars 2, Blues 1 (SO) (recap)

    First Round matchups
    • Golden Knights vs. Blackhawks
    • Avalanche vs. Coyotes
    • Stars vs. Flames
    • Blues vs. Canucks

    (5) Edmonton Oilers vs. (12) Chicago Blackhawks (CHI won series 3-1)

    Saturday, Aug. 1: Blackhawks 6, Oilers 4 (recap)
    Monday, Aug. 3: Oilers 6, Blackhawks 3 (recap)
    Wednesday, Aug. 5: Blackhawks 4, Oilers 3 (recap)
    Friday, Aug. 7: Blackhawks 3, Oilers 2 (recap)

    (6) Nashville Predators vs. (11) Arizona Coyotes (ARZ won series 3-1)

    Sunday, Aug. 2: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (recap)
    Tuesday, Aug. 4: Predators 4, Coyotes 2 (recap)
    Wednesday, Aug. 5: Coyotes 4, Predators 1 (recap)
    Friday, Aug. 7: Coyotes 4, Predators 3 (OT) (recap)

    (7) Vancouver Canucks vs. (10) Minnesota Wild (VAN won series 3-1)

    Sunday, Aug. 2: Wild 3, Canucks 0 (recap)
    Tuesday, Aug. 4: Canucks 4, Wild 3 (recap)
    Thursday, Aug. 6: Canucks 3, Wild 0 (recap)
    Friday, Aug. 7: Canucks 5, Wild 4 (OT) (recap)

    (8) Calgary Flames vs. (9) Winnipeg Jets (CGY won series 3-1)

    Saturday, Aug. 1: Flames 4, Jets 1 (recap)
    Monday, Aug. 3: Jets 3, Flames 2 (recap)
    Tuesday, Aug. 4: Flames 6, Jets 2 (recap)
    Thursday, Aug. 6: Flames 4, Jets 0 (recap)

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    Sean Leahy is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @Sean_Leahy.