The latest NHL news and rumors, suggest that New York Rangers goaltender, Cam Talbot is being dangled as trade bait. Several media sources have confirmed the team that I watch on a nightly basis, the Edmonton Oilers are in fact, the front-runner to land Talbot.
Just about everybody who follows the sport of hockey is aware that the defense and goaltending in Edmonton is a major area of weakness.
Talbot, 27, has posted impressive numbers over his first two NHL seasons, albeit in a small sample size. In 57 career appearances, he has a record of 33-15-5, with eight shutouts, and a save percentage of .931.
This is a young man who is widely regarded as one of the top young prospects between the pipes, with that expectation comes a bidding war for his services. the Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, and Buffalo Sabres are also rumored to be among the interested parties.
It would be mighty impressive for Peter Chiarelli to make such a big splash for his first trade as the new general manager in Edmonton. A move such as this would likely cost the Oilers their second first round pick in this year’s NHL draft, 16th overall. The rumored price tag does seem a bit hefty, given Cam Talbot’s lack of NHL experience. Edmonton fans have been down this road before. Trusting inexperienced starters is part of the reason why we have the worst goaltending in the league currently. With that in mind, maybe it’s best the team focuses on the available veterans.
Whatever, the case may be, at least the organization is looking to upgrade a position of need. I would be happy with Cam Talbot next season because an upgrade is exactly what he represents. Maybe, a package deal is in the works….
Stay tuned !