Edmonton get Cam Talbot from the Rangers
The Edmonton Oilers finally got the goalie they always wanted in Cam Talbot from the New York Rangers. Talbot got traded by the New York Rangers to the Edmonton Oilers for three draft selection. The New York Rangers obtained from the OPilers their 57th, 79th and 184th picks. Edmonton also get the Rangers 209th pick. Talbot was rumored to be heading somewhere before the trade but it was never sure who was going to land him betwenn Edmonton and the Buffalo Sabres.
“He’s a great goalie, stepped in great when Lundqvist was out and did a great job,” McDavid said. “That was something Edmonton wanted to do was go out and get a goalie, and they did that.” Although Talbot was a backup in New York, he is seen as a backup being the closest to become an NHL no.1 goaltender. Talbot has one year left on his contract and should be able to come up to an agreement with the Oilers.
In 2014-2015, Cam Talbot was called upon to relieve veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and ket the Rangers in the race for 1st place overall in the NHL. He compiled a 21-9-4 record with a goal against average of 2.21 and save percentage of .926.
In a minor trade, the Oilers also obtained defenceman Eric Gryba from the Ottawa Senators and in exchange for Gryba, the Ottawa Senators got prospect Travis Ewanyk and the 107th pick at the draft. This pick (107th) was acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs with minor league forward Brad Ross, in a previous trade where the Leafs traded Martin Marincin to the Leafs.
Lack is traded to Carolina Hurricanes
In another galtender trade that was also expected, the Cancouver Canucks traded backup goaltender Eddie Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes for a third round pick in Day 2 of the NHL Draft as well as a seventh round pick in 2016. Eddie Lack shared the net with veteran Ryan Miller last season and when Miller went down with injury took over as no.1 goaltender. Last season Lack recorded 18 wins, 13 losses and 4 overtime losses with the Canucks. His goal against average was 2.45 and his save percentage was excellent at .921.
Signed by the Vancouver Canucks in 2010, Lack proved to be an excellent backup like Cam Talbot was in New York. The backup position in Vancouver is destined to be Jacob Markstrom’s role with the eventuality to replace Miller as the no.1 goaltender. Lack like Talbot will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
Antti Niemi’s rights to Dallas
The San Jose Sharks have dealt the rights to Antti Niemi to the Dallas Stars in exchenge to Dallas seventh round pick. Dallas’ move is seen as surprising since it is not sure Niemi will want to play backup role to no.1 goaltender Kari Lehtonen. The Stars still need to sign Niemi prior to July 1st where other teams wishing to add a goaltender may get Niemi to sign with them. Buffalo could be in on Niemi, since they haven’t filled that hole yet.
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