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Strickland: Cam Talbot will be signing with Flames

In the ongoing saga of the Calgary Flames trying to find a second goaltender to play alongside David Rittich, FOX Sports analyst Andy Strickland has thrown another log on the fire. LeBrun has joined the chorus linking the Flames to pending unrestricted free agent Cam Talbot and went a bit further, reporting a pending signing).

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Pending UFAs aren’t able to officially sign deals until midnight ET on July 1.

Talbot made 35 appearances in 2018-19, split between the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers. He posted a combined 11-17-3 record with a 3.40 goals against average and .892 save percentage. That said, he played behind a pretty porous defense in Edmonton and in both Edmonton and Philadelphia at times he played in rougher situations, allowing Mikko Koskinen (in Edmonton) and Carter Hart (in Philadelphia) to get their starters in situations more suited to success.

Once thought of as one of the best backups in the entire NHL from his time acting as Henrik Lundqvist’s caddie with the New York Rangers, Talbot was used a ton during his first three seasons in Edmonton – playing 56, 73 and 67 games in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18. He was strong early on, finishing fourth in Vezina Trophy voting in 2016-17 and leading the NHL in most goaltending categories. While he was very not good last season, the thought is likely that he can be rehabilitated with proper use behind a strong defensive group in Calgary.

If he does sign with the Flames, Talbot would join Fred Brathwaite, Curtis Joseph, Dwayne Roloson, and Hockey Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr as goaltenders who suited up for both the Flames and Oilers, and would be the 11th different goaltender to play for the Flames since Brad Treliving became general manager in 2014.

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  • Em Durp Em Hrudey

    I had a gut feeling this was going to happen, even discussed it over a few drinks and a pizza with a friend weeks ago. It’s a calculated gamble by Tre on yet another goalie in the Flames goalie carousel. My personal choice if they are moving on from Smith was Lehner. Looks like he may be moving on from Long Island and it is my strong belief he is the goalie that fits best with this club.

  • everton fc

    I can understand what your saying, Skylar. It’s been in the back of my mind, at times.

    BT has drafted okay, but is free agent history is brutal. If he lets Hathaway walk (I still think we should have kept Kulak, too), and Lazar leaves (who would pay a 2nd, for Lazar?)… And we can’t improve our team much over the summer… It’s a problem.

    But, I do like the Peters hire. Then again, he replaced BT’s first hire – Gulutzan. Gulutzan, like the free agency signings, was a brutal move.

    • Jon Moxley

      Moxley here,
      White supremacist…!!!💩🙄🤡🤯
      Who in the high holly floating turd sandwich are you to use such a term towards a man you know nothing about!! Lehner would put his boot so far up your a$$, knock your teeth so far down your throat, you’ll have to stick a toothbrush up your a$$ to brush them if he actually gave two flying monkeys anal warts what you thought. You can call a man out for his play, you can call the man out for his team, but what you did there shows your a classless anal flute. Stay classy you turd waffle Burnward🖕🖕🖕💩.
      Moxley out!!!