Remove an option from the list of potentially available goaltenders. Finalist of the Vezina Trophy Tuukka Rask is not going anywhere. Although Rask is pulling out of the 2020 playoffs has raised questions about his future in Boston, especially with barely a year on his current contract, the Bruins reiterated that they expect the elite goaltender to be. back with the team next season. Rask himself has now taken control of the narrative, story Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald that he doesn’t want to play for any team except the Bruins. This would apparently confirm recent rumors that Rask told the Bruins that he would retire if traded. It seems unlikely the Bruins went too far to trade Rask anyway, given he was statistically the best starting goalie in the NHL this season and the team would struggle to replace him. The team is unlikely to be able to get fair value in any deal for Rask as well. Rask will be back in Boston this year, but beyond 2020-2021 remains a mystery.
- A guard who will be available is Cam Talbot. Despite an impressive comeback season with the Calgary Flames, the two teams were unable to agree on the terms of overtime. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the talks have broken down for the moment with the pay gap too far. Talbot will test the market and could very well end up elsewhere. Calgary still needs a goalie and could come back to Talbot if they miss larger free agent or trade goals.
- An available name that attracts surprise attention is Scott Darling. Once one of the best substitutes in the NHL, Darling’s stint as a starter with the Carolina Hurricanes has been an absolute disaster and led to a buyout last season and a complete lack of interest in the NHL. . Darling went abroad and joined EBEL’s HC Innsbruck Austria. Although his numbers aren’t that impressive, fourth-period David Pagnotta reports that there are teams that might be willing to give Darling a second chance. Given the increased importance of goalie depth in what is expected to be a condensed 2020-2021 schedule, an experienced No.3 like Darling could be valuable.