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The Wild send Cam Talbot to the Senators

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.

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.

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.

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.

Anyway.

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.

– Great battles between Juraj Slafkovsky and Oliver Kapanen at the CH development camp.

And speaking of Slafkovsky, the latter already understands the rivalry well Montreal-Toronto!

– In effect.

– Hard blow in Arizona.

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