When the Wild announced last Thursday that Marc-André Fleury had signed a new two-year contract to stay in Minnesota, it made one unfortunate: Cam Talbot. Indeed, before Fleury joined the Wild, Talbot was the team’s #1 goaltender, and obviously, he had just lost that position for the next two years.
In the following days, we were treated to tension between the two parties. Talbot’s agent said that Bill Guerin, the Wild’s GM, would have to “think about a lot of things”, to which Guerin replied that he had “absolutely nothing to do” in this matter.
Guerin: “I don’t have shit to do. Cam Talbot’s under contract. George can say whatever the hell he wants. My team’s set right now, and that’s the way it goes. We can have all the discussions we want. Cam’s a member of our team. We really like Cam. All we’re trying to do is win” https://t.co/F1CNuUH8je
—Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) July 8, 2022
But obviously, Guerin had something to do in the file. Talbot was unhappy in Minnesota and he obviously wanted to regain a #1 goalie chair in the NHL.
And that’s exactly what happened today, when the Wild announced that Talbot had been traded to the Ottawa Senators for another goaltender, Filip Gustavsson.
Frank Seravalli reported the information first, which has since been confirmed by both teams.
— Sens Communications (@Media_Sens) July 12, 2022
Since the beginning of the offseason, we feel that the Senators are in mode buyers. After the trade that brought Alex DeBrincat to town and after getting rid of Matt Murray’s contract, there’s a marked improvement in net in Talbot.
And all this without having to pay a lot of money.
Summary of Dorion’s 3 transactions in the past 1 week:
He acquired :
1st round pick
2nd round pick
2 3rd round picks
7th round pick
Reasonable price for a nice improvement in alignment
— Guillaume Villemaire (@GVillemaire13) July 12, 2022
Besides, speaking of the trade that sent Murray to Toronto, I really wonder why the team did not prefer to consider Talbot. We’re not talking about a Vézina contender, but about a cap hit $3.667 million, Talbot is a very honest goaltender who comes with less risk than Murray.
For the Wild, we get rid of a good goalkeeper, but clearly, this file was starting to become a thorn in the side of Bill Guerin. Talbot obviously wanted to quit to find a #1 goalie chair and the team didn’t want to risk the whole thing escalating.
At least the Wild aren’t coming out empty-handed: Gustavsson isn’t young anymore, but at 24, he still has time to develop and become a #1 goaltender in the NHL within a few years. Maybe he will be the one to take the reins in net for the team in two years when Fleury’s contract is up?
In short, a case settled in Minnesota, and the Senators seem to me to have smelled the good deal. We’ll see if that’s the case in the coming months, but clearly the Senators are hungry, and I doubt they’ve finished shopping.
A lot of
– New contract for
Evgeny Malkin Pierre-Olivier Joseph in Pitttsburgh.
The Penguins have re-signed defenseman PO Joseph (@POJoseph15) to a two-year contract.
The one-way deal begins in 2022.23 and runs through the 2023.24 season and carries an average annual value of $825,000. https://t.co/pwqxJ2RyDx
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 12, 2022
– Great battles between Juraj Slafkovsky and Oliver Kapanen at the CH development camp.
Love his battles with Oliver Kapanen (#89), who is a solid all-around center and a year older. This camp is full of talent, and Slaf is finding that out. Good for him…good for all of them. https://t.co/QNLdo5kY9d
—Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) July 12, 2022
And speaking of Slafkovsky, the latter already understands the rivalry well Montreal-Toronto!
Freshly drafted by the Canadian, Juraj Slafkovsky wasted no time before soaking up the rivalry with the Maple Leafs! 😂 pic.twitter.com/wsMNcW4g5Y
— The 5 to 7 (@5a7RDS) July 12, 2022
– In effect.
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) July 12, 2022
– Hard blow in Arizona.