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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  • Skylardog

    So at $2.75 for the backup or at best 1b, what does the starter or 1a now want?

    Over pay even at 1 year? Rittich and his agent are now saying 3 to 4 years at $4.0, right?


  • Flint

    Ugh. Please, someone, explain to me what Talbot has done the last two years to deserve a 2,75mil contract. His sv% has been trending down his entire career except a plateau in 2015-2017 at ~.918.

    He has regularly given up early goals and his puck tracking has been terrible, and his medium danger sv% is awful (which I think is the ‘cleanest’ advanced stat for a goalie… as high danger is often “left out to dry”, and low danger is too influenced by “luck”.

    Lastly, don’t give me the “he’s been on bad teams…” cause he has, but all the other goalies on those bad teams have outplayed him.

    Fine. Prove me wrong Talbot. I hope you do.

  • freethe flames

    My 3 hopes on the RS all signed. Donskoi for $3.9m too much, Connolly $3.25m x4 exactly where I figured and Hartman 2x$1.9m. again a fair deal. Meanwhile we have zero RW depth now that Hathaway is gone. I’m moving more and more into your camp on BT.

  • Speed Kills

    Tre is starting to Fail… mind games the #19 when he should have been signed ASAP or if his ego and greed are too much Trade him ASFP. I’d trade Talbot for Hathaway & Fant All day long… And for Twice as much as Talbot is worth… This July 1st is a nightmare! Not impressed at all… 2.75 million for a sieve? I’d rather had the flames spend that much on a Hammer! This Sucks!

  • HarveysFleaCollar

    Well..at least the goaltending has been addressed. Upgraded? To be seen..I believe Talbot is an upgrade over Smith. Happy Tre didn’t resign Hathaway at 1.5 x 4 years, guys like him are a dime a dozen, pretty easy to replace. I am curious what Rittich gets now. My guess is 4.5 x 4 years?

  • Em Durp Em Hrudey

    $2.75 million is an overpayment buy 1.5 million. Talbot has one hell of an agent to pull off that magic trick. If Talbot get $2.75 what do the remaining get?
    Robin Lehner @ $5.0
    Semyon Varlamov @ 3.25
    Petr Mrazek @ $4.75
    Curtis McElhinney @ $2.75
    Cam Ward @ $3.0……..
    Just a guess. Wish they got Lehner, knew a month ago about Talbot the price tag was the shocker here.

  • Chucky

    Does anybody find it odd that this has still not been announced by the Flames?
    If they could find the cap space I would not mind seeing Colin Wilson in a Flames uniform.

  • Hockeysense9393

    Talbots Story – I believe this is at the end of the 2016-17 season, when he was happy with his job. If there ever was a bounce-back candidate this year in the NHL, it would be Talbot. I kind of knew about this guy, but didn’t know his real story. So of course sitting here, I’m looking up our new reclamation project.

    I stumbled on this —>

    Is this not a proto Flames player or what? He doesn’t mind the cold weather…?
    No really…read that story.

    This is a guy that came into the league undrafted and out of pure determination, created himself a career with something to prove. During interviews he can (and will) say “I did that too!” But my new team-mate Gio is the Godfather of perseverance in this League of Hockey in the Nation (pun intended).

    Maybe Treviling’s record for signing UFA’s ain’t so hot. This simple “team friendly” signing could turn into one of the best of 2019. Or not.
    I for one…really like this.

    Now let’s hope Neal’s bounce back this year makes BT look like an absolute genius. 😉

  • piscera.infada

    Not to change the discussion, but apparently Kypreos said that the Flames and Toronto had a Kadri deal in place, but Kadri vetoed the deal with his modified NTC. I’m looking forward to booing the absolute crap out of that guy next year.

    On Talbot, it’s a decent deal, in my opinion. Only one year, some potential upside (albeit limited). A bit more than I’d like to pay, but the single year is the important part here.

    I don’t see it “driving Rittich’s deal up”. His ask? Maybe. But BSD’s an RFA, it’s absolutely apples and oranges. He has arbitration rights, but I don’t see an incredibly strong case to be made in arbitration. He has, what, 40 games of track-record?

    • Kevin R

      Great post & a refreshing doom & gloom in here. Hopefully Talbot is the only UFA we engage in today. Never heard that about Kadri veto of a deal to us. Why would he do that?? Puke. Kreider talk again as well. Too many teams with huge needs are missing out here, the trade market is going to get hot & heavy.

  • BendingCorners

    Wow. So many Cassandras.
    Talbot will be fine and takes the pressure of Rittich.
    Rittich will sign for the same as Talbot or maybe less – he’s an RFA with a less than stellar track record, so no panic.
    Fantenberg and Hathaway were useful spare parts but replacements either won’t cost much or aren’t required, given the spare parts the team still has.
    It’s Canada Day. Relax, have a beer or twenty-four, enjoy the fireworks.

    • Brian Burkee

      You expect the teams starting goalie (tre even publicly announced that) to sign for the same as a free agent siev???? Yeah I think Rittich would be firing his agent if that happened lol

  • Flint

    Really? Brandon Pirri only 775k? I would have thought someone would throw at least 1mil his way. He has 72 Goals in 259games ( .28GPG)…

    James Neal, who “just scores” is .35 career GPG
    Mikael Backlund is .20 career GPG

  • oddclod

    Edmonton could be the butt of our jokes by signing our castoffs, (Chaisson, Granlund Smith). But signing Talbot makes me bite my tongue. Thanks Treliving. Now I can’t accost an oiler fan on Canada Day cause I don’t jinx my team. Even if they are only built for the pre-season.

    On this day in history, the Calgary Flames signed James Neal.

  • Flamesfever

    BT never learned and our team toughness is zero. Can they learned from last playoffs exit first round. I am very disappointed, and not surprise our next year season will be falling apart again. Look at Edmonton and Vancouver they will be ahead of the Calgary next season.

    • Flint

      Vancouver is better… but Edmonton? They have the scariest goalie tandom in the league (and not in a good way). They bought out a top6 “D” and didn’t replace him yet… so it’s hard to imagine they’ll allow less goals, and they haven’t added scoring up front.

      I don’t mind the Chaisson $, but it’s likely he regresses. Khaira returns, fine. I don’t mind Granlund and Jurco, but if they can’t prevent goals they gotta score tons and they still have only 3 guys to do it. I don’t see them better yet, but they’re not getting “Chiarelli worse” either.

      • Flint

        It’s Vancouver that’s impressive…. they just overhauled their “D”
        Myers, Benn, Fantenberg. They went from having a brutal D core to adding 3 valuable pieces for a deep 7. No big stars, sure…. but…. much improved.