137Cam Talbot
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Flames sign Cam Talbot to one year deal ($2.75 million AAV)

The Calgary Flames have found themselves another goaltender. With free agency finally opening, the Flames have signed netminder Cam Talbot to a one year deal worth $2.75 million.

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Talbot, 31, is originally from Caledonia, Ontario. He came up through the American college ranks, suiting up for three seasons with the University of Alabama-Huntsville. He was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers in 2010.

From there, Talbot followed the typical goaltending progression. He played three seasons in the Rangers’ farm system, then a couple seasons behind Henrik Lundqvist as backup for the Rangers. With King Henrik cemented as the top dog on Broadway, the Rangers shopped the youngster and ended up swapping him to the Edmonton Oilers at the 2015 NHL Draft – the Flames, having sent several assets to the Boston Bruins for Dougie Hamilton, missed out on Talbot and ended up re-signing Karri Ramo instead.

Talbot had a few strong seasons in Edmonton, but between the team’s defense breaking down and Talbot playing 196 regular season games over three seasons – an average of 65 per season – his game fell off a cliff in the 2018-19 campaign. He lost his starting gig to Mikko Koskinen and then was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers.

A one year deal playing in a tandem with David Rittich likely represents an opportunity for Talbot to have a bounce-back season, and an opportunity for the Flames to buy low on a player that they’ve liked for awhile.

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          • Em Durp Em Hrudey

            Lol. Now I am a Moxley as well. How do I get pegged with this? I will say it one more time to get it through your thick old man skull….I am Durp. I was Stajanforadirtyboot originally. For a short time I was Glenshairgel. Both those were me yes. I am no one else on flames nation. Accuse away but I am sorry you are wrong. Now back to hockey talk. FFS.

          • Em Durp Em Hrudey

            Not the swiftest person…???” I’ve counted 5 different accounts so far”…. although impressive you can count to 5, I have 1….1 account. Perhaps you and WW are the same poster, oh and you are also BTF, you also used the word “that” you know who else used that word in a post…thebigchef…..come on pull your head out of your arse. Puck head I would actually now peg you as the imposter and moxley since you are so quick to jump in and accuse. Nice cover buddy…nice cover. WW theres your imposter, Mr. Puck head. Anyways back to hockey. Tkchuck going to get an offer sheet?

      • Albertabeef

        I have been hearing a lot of news of Flames trades falling through since January. Some of us just don’t have the blind trust in Tre like you do. I just gotta say I’m glad Kadri blocked his trade to us.

        • The Iggy complex

          Not sure the blind trust thing. He has made bad signings and bad trades like every other gm in the history of the NHL. Still doesn’t change the fact that this is not a video game and you can’t just make up trades on the spot. Nor is he like the Oilers and trade players for the sake of trading them with terrible return.

          • Albertabeef

            Nope, it’s total blind trust. If you saw clearly you would see how bad of a GM he really is. Are you an Oilers fan? You bring up the Oilers an awful lot. I personally would prefer not compare my Flames with one of the worst franchises in the league.

    • PasstheDube

      I didn’t expect to see much for trades today. But now that the free agent frenzy has died down I think the GM’s who missed out on signing someone are gonna circle back and see what’s on the trading block. I expect either Frolik or Brodie or both will be moved in the next couple days

      • LannyMac

        I’m hoping your right Doobie. No interest right now in Gardiner and he is a crap Dman. But supposedly is rated higher than Brodie. So where does that leave trying to off load a 3rd pairing defenceman and a 3rd more likely 4th line winger. Don’t expect sh!t people there is not much money left over for bottom of the rung players. Cmon Flames faithful you Ostriches have had your heads buried for so long the ground has hardened and there is no hope that you will ever be able to pull your craniums out. Sad state of affairs.

    • Hockeysense9393

      Just a heads up there Budgie… read about players before making opinions that don’t match. Just because Pelletier isn’t a 6’4” monster (which teams rarely pick in the first round anymore unless that’s besides the speed point), Pelletier was actually picked for his grittiness (and speed). A lot of fans think just getting bigger is the way BT should do it, when clearly the Avs killed us on speed. The league is transitioning year after year from size to speed. This will become even more apparent year after year. As the bigger dinosaurs get pushed out, the average size metrics will go down. Feisty, gritty, hard nosed (smart) checkers are becoming the flavour. BT is looking at Hockey IQ over everything, no matter the size. That’s probably closer to Boston’s formula overall. Just about every team is following this transition, with some teams that didn’t get the memo (Oilers). Sure St. Louis seems to have proved something this year, but did they really? It took them a decade of a certain philosophy before it actually worked for them, and their run was more determination then size beats all.

      • LannyMac

        Ya your right only small players have wheels and. Just like McKinnon he has wheels and finesse he must small. You turd (93) there will always be a premium on size especially if it comes with skill.

  • deantheraven

    Hard to quantify this one. Is Talbot a million dollars better than Smith? i’m guessing no. So, the only guess I can make for doing it is that Smitty wasn’t going to be welcomed back in the room.

    • The Iggy complex

      Well Talbot is 5 years younger without all the injuries. And other than three bad season last year behind an abysmal defence he had had a good career. So much better bet for bounce back then Smith. Look at Robin lehner

    • Kevin R

      Rangers have $8.7 mill cap space left & still have to resign Trouba. They will be moving someone. Vegas needs to move someone & Montreal is now getting jerk yanked waiting while Carolina strings them out before they match. Bergevin will have $$$$ & many many picks to spend. Jets blue line is a ghost town. They will need a band aid on that back end once they sort out Lianne & Connor. There will be lots of trade partners.

  • Albertabeef

    This UFA signing of Talbot makes me feel worse than any other UFA I can think of. Possibly the worst signing in franchise history. Overpaid and useless.

      • Albertabeef

        Really? Then you don’t come around here very much. This signing is nothing to be happy about. I have no issues being positive with the team when I have reason to. The subject of Tre and now Talbot does not give me reason to be positive. But then again when I said last fall Lindholm could be the first Swede since Loob to score 50 I got trashed too. Can’t win with you Feukers can I? Meh won’t keep me from posting my thoughts lol.

      • Albertabeef

        And honestly I’m not the jackass on here saying “disappearing Tkachuk” “Mony Butters” or “Monkey Piss Backlund”. I just simply hate the GM and have very little faith in him or this Talbot signing. I personally am excited as hell Tuulola is coming back to NA. I cheer for the underdogs like Mange and Phillips. I am 1000 happier and more sunny side than Durp or WW or Raffy. You know this is a bad signing when Raffy makes a nice comment lol.

    • Kevin R

      Dude, your meds. Perhaps we can have this conversation in January if he continues to struggle. Or are you trying to hedge your emotion & be depressed now so that if he plays like a rock star you can bounce to a higher high?

  • Albertabeef

    Well the flames have been missing the playoffs every second year, I see that trend continuing with this signing. Hartley made the playoffs one year and missed the next, and GG did the same. I really hope it doesn’t happen to Peters.

  • drogon

    Our projected cap space is down @ $9.5M… some decisions are about to happen… I’m fine with $2.75M for Cam Talbot, it’s a player market, dynamics have changed.

    • Kevin R

      We can give you quite the hi-light reel of Smitty passing the puck to an opposition who just had to slide it into an empty net. The worst one was when we were sky high at the Iggy retirement jersey game with the Wild. Smitty single handedly gave that game away & every time he went back of the net to play the puck, & this is no lie, the crowd shouted get back into the net. I shouted get the F*** back into the net.

  • The GREAT WW

    Does this mean that Aho has accepted the offer sheet?

    If I had a choice I would play in Carolina instead of Montreal 100%.

    Montreal has terrible taxes, terrible fans, terrible weather……and I’m not even talking about the team, coach and GM…..


  • Sven

    I hate the fact that he has a link to North Red Deer

    but he’s younger than Smith –
    and better by almost every 5 v 5 goal-tending metric

    Smith in 1925 5 v 5 minutes gave up 8.5 more goals than would be expected as compared to “league average statistics” – the13th worst score in the NHL

    and his “low” and “medium” danger save percentages of 95% and 90% trailed Talbot

    Talbot in 1556 5 v 5 minutes gave up 3.9 more goals than would be expected as compared to “league average statistics” – the 29th worst score in the NHL

    and his “low” and “medium” danger save percentages of 96% and 93% Bested Smiths scores

    Smiths “high” danger save percentage of 81% bested Talbots score of 75%

    but I’m thinking I’m ok with a few more “breakaway” goals surrendered by Talbot if we see fewer floaters from the blue line finding the back of the Flames net next year

  • everton fc

    The positive on signing Talbot, for this fan; seems Rittich will be the #1. The downside – how much does Rittich cost us, and what’s the term?

    Wish we would have signed Hartman. $1.9mill/season for two years, wasn’t it? There’s our replacement for Hathaway.


  • HarveysFleaCollar

    Ray Ferraro picked the Flames as his loser of the day for not addressing their hope at center on the second line and taking a gamble on Cam Talbot. I usually do not like or agree with Ferraro..but I do not think he is far off..but hey..could be worse..at least we are not Columbus.

    • Kevin R

      Ray Ferraro is a pinhead. The only UFA we needed to delve into was that of a backup goalie. All year we prayed Treliving keep out of the UFA market. Lots of teams did diddly squat today. The big winner Rangers are now in a bit of a cap crunch & they havent signed Trouba yet.

  • MDG1600

    Lots of complaining about Talbot but I like the 1 year term. If he doesn’t bounce back he is gone at the end of the year. Wish I could say the same about Neal.

  • Off the wall

    Petr Mrazek signs two year deal, for $3.1M with Carolina. We couldn’t afford $375, 000 more?

    Instead, we get Talbot for 1 year @ $2.75 M?

    What do we do next year?
    Roll the dice again, or hope that Talbot plays well and commands MORE than Mrazek?

  • Derzie

    I’m as furious as I was when Tre went all in on ex-Hurricanes. Although this year, it is for inaction, which started at the trade deadline and continued this weekend. Surely he can’t be thinking that standing pat is what we need to get to the next level? I strongly suspect that this will culminate with us losing Chucky. The NHL changes aklmost monthly, including what one has to pay for talent. The market sets the price and ol Scrooge McDuck blows money on Talbot when there are a dozen other goalies out there with as much upside for half the price. Players are getting wise to his penny pinching and are turning down the Flames. Bad day to be a Flames fan. Replay our playoff performance in your mind and see if standing pat is going to move the needle.

  • JRdrum

    The GM is not perfect. Q : Duhgie, Mason Raymond, Brouwer, Neal, Jagr, firing Hartley ,hiring Gulutzan. But he has the ability to recover from some of his bad decisions.Trading Duhgie firing Gulutzan, hiring Peters. He is starting to sound a little contrived. I still have confidence in him. More good changes will be coming.