The Edmonton Oilers have acquired goaltender Anthony Stolarz from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for netminder Cam Talbot.
Talbot, 31, is in the final season of a three-year, $12.5 million contract with the Oilers and was expected to be on his way out as an unrestricted free agent with the addition of Mikko Koskinen.
Talbot came into the season as the Oilers starter, but due to struggles early he was replaced by Mikko Koskinen — who was given a contract extension during the year as well. Talbot is 10-15-3 with
Stolarz, 25, has appeared in 12 games for Philadelphia this season, with a 4-3-3 record, a 3.33 GAA and a .902 SV%.
The six-foot-six, 210-pound goaltender is in his second NHL season, and fifth as a professional. The native of Edison, N.J., was originally a second-round draft pick of Philadelphia, 45th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
The trade is beneficial for both sides, Talbot is the off-ice Summer workout partner of stud rookie, Carter Hart. So they will have a built-in repour. For Stolarz, he will finally get his shot to prove he is NHL-ready.