Saturday, February 16, 2019

NHL trade review: Flyers acquire Talbot



              The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired goalie Cam Talbot from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goalie Anthony Stolarz.

               For the Flyers,Talbot is an immediate boost in goaltending, but because of how good rookie Carter Hart has been, he will likely serve as either a 1Ba or backup starter. They give up Stolarz, a younger, more unproven goalie who was currently Hart's backup.

               Talbot, 31, has a 3.36 GAA and a Sv% of .893 in 31 games for the Oilers this year. The best year of his career came in 2016-17, when he had a 2.39 GAA and a .919 Sv% in 73 games. In his NHL career for the Oilers and New York Rangers, Talbot has a GAA of 2.59, with a .915 Sv%.

                For the Oilers, they free up cap space in this trade, and get a young goalie to play backup. It seemed likely that Talbot would go when the team signed backup Mikko Koskinen to a three year, $4.5 million deal.

                Stolarz, 25, has a .902 Sv% and a 3.33 GAA in 12 games for the Flyers this year. In his NHL career, all in Philly, Stolarz has a .911 Sv% with a GAA of 2.86.

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