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The Minnesota Wild traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Ottawa Senators in change for goalie Filip Gustavsson on Tuesday. Minnesota shouldn’t be retaining any of Talbot’s wage.
“I’m excited about the move,” Talbot mentioned. “They already had a good young core and they made some good moves at the draft and have the space to still make a splash the next couple days. Looking forward to joining the group and helping to lead them back to the playoffs.”
Talbot, 35, goes to the sixth crew in his NHL profession. Last season, he posted a 32-12-4 file with a 2.77 objectives towards common and .911 save share.
Gustavsson, 24, joins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in Minnesota. He recorded a 5-12-1 file with a 3.55 GAA and .892 SV% final season. Minnesota has $4.279 million in extra cap house, which may probably be used to signal prospects Marco Rossi, Calen Addison and Adam Beckman or different free brokers.
This is the second commerce involving a goaltender in consecutive days for the Senators. On Monday, Ottawa traded goalie Matt Murray to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Wild (53-22-7) completed second within the Central Division earlier than shedding to the St. Louis Blues within the playoffs. The Senators (33-42-7) positioned seventh within the Atlantic Division, lacking the playoffs.
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Why Guerin had a ‘change of heart’ and sent Cam Talbot packing
Why Wild made this commerce?
Michael Russo, Wild beat author: Bill Guerin envisioned and needed a 50-50 break up between Marc-Andre Fleury and Cam Talbot subsequent season, however after Fleury signed a two-year extension final week, Talbot’s agent made it clear to Guerin that Talbot was not blissful. He was pushed apart within the playoffs by solely beginning the sixth and remaining recreation regardless of going 13-0-3 down the stretch.
While there was by no means a agency commerce request and Guerin was adamant that Talbot was below contract and could be on the Wild subsequent season, he admitted he had a change of coronary heart and did not need the drama, the controversy and an sad participant. The Wild additionally free an additional $2.879 million of cap house to offer themselves $4.29 million heading into free company.
How many video games will Gustavsson play?
Russo: There will now not be a 50-50 break up. Guerin is reunited with Gustavsson, a 2016 second-round decide with Pittsburgh, from their Penguins days and believes the 24-year-old has quite a lot of promise.
He will likely be mentored by Fleury, again him up and Guerin believes he’ll “flourish.”
How many video games will Talbot play?
Ian Mendes, Senators beat author: I believe we is likely to be headed in direction of a real tandem right here in Ottawa, with Talbot and Anton Forsberg splitting the load. Forsberg began a career-high 44 video games for the Senators final season and one thing in that ballpark would appear about proper once more this yr.
Talbot has expertise with heavy workloads, however his days of beginning 60-plus video games are within the rearview mirror. I’d anticipate Talbot enjoying within the neighborhood of 40 video games subsequent season.
Are Sens set within the crease?
Mendes: Just a few days in the past the Senators had a three-headed monster in purpose with Forsberg, Gustavsson and Matt Murray. All three have been on one-way contracts, which might have created a clumsy situation for coaching camp this fall. That state of affairs was untenable, and now Forsberg is the one one from that trio who stays.
Once the Senators traded Murray to Toronto on Monday, they needed to ask themselves a easy query: Do we really feel comfy with the tandem of Forsberg/Gustavsson for subsequent season? Clearly the reply was no, in order that they acquired Talbot to offer a bit of extra insurance coverage in purpose. Barring damage, the Senators must be set in purpose for the 2022-23 marketing campaign.