New York Rangers Rumors: Cam Talbot likely to Edmonton Oilers?


Most of the New York Rangers rumors this offseason have been surrounding goalie Cam Talbot.

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Talbot is one best players that is available for trade this offseason, and he is getting a lot of interest on the trade market.

Darren Dreger was on TSN 1260 in Edmonton and he painted a picture of Talbot’s value and the teams that are interested.

When asked about Edmonton Oilers’ President Peter Chiarelli’s comments that he may have a goalie before the NHL, Dreger had this to say.

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“Yeah, I would expect it to be Cam Talbot. In fact, I would have thought based on the information that I had gathered last Thursday that a deal could have happened as early as the weekend and it didn’t. So now it’s Tuesday and Cam Talbot is still with the New York Rangers.

“And that’s through no fault of the Edmonton Oilers, the Buffalo Sabres, the San Jose Sharks – the teams most interested in Cam Talbot. The Rangers recognize that he’s a valuable piece. He’s got another year left at 1.45. He’s proven that he can be an excellent 1A goaltender. He came in long term in place of Henrik Lundqvist last season, who had some injury issues, obviously. And he proved that it appears he’s ready to be a starter.

“He’s the focus, I’m told, of the Oilers and the Buffalo Sabres, but they still have to find a way to get a deal done. I’m not certain of what has been offered from Edmonton’s perspective. I’m told that there was a team that offered two second round picks for Cam Talbot and that didn’t close the deal.

“So Sather and Jeff Gorton and management types of the New York Rangers are still on a bit of a fishing expedition. But I still think that a deal gets done and Edmonton is absolutely near the top of the list for Talbot.”

The interview from Dreger gives some insight on the price for Talbot. If two second-round picks was turned down, the Rangers are at the minimum going to be getting a first-round pick for Talbot.

Rangers’ President Glen Sather must realize that he has the opportunity to get a very good haul for his backup goaltender, which is an organization’s dream.

Talbot demonstrated last season that he could be a starting goalie in the NHL, and that is something that the Oilers desperately need. Last season, the Oilers allowed the most goals per game in the NHL, and a lot of that was due to poor goaltending.

Ben Scrivens was the starter last season, he totaled a 15-26-11 record, .890 save percentage, and a 3.16 goals against average. Viktor Fasth wasn’t any better for the Oilers, as he totaled a 6-15-3 record, .888 save percentage, and a 3.41 GAA.

The need for a goalie in Edmonton is obvious, and that will likely help the Rangers get a good haul for Talbot who would be the Oilers’ starting goalie next season.

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