Cam Talbot

Let’s get to the more positive stories, shall we? After he shined with the New York Rangers back in 2013-14, Cam Talbot has been incapable of filling a no.1 netminder role. He bounced from the Edmonton Oilers to the Philadelphia Flyers (four games) and then to the Calgary Flames.

Although the sample size with the Flames was not big, he posted a .919 SV% and a 2.63 GAA in 24 starts. That tied his best marks since the 2016-17 season. The Minnesota Wild, a team that had just moved Devan Dubnyk, needed a goaltender to partner up with Alex Stalock. General manager Bill Guerin took a flyer out on the 33-year old Talbot, with a three-year, $11 million deal. 

This season, Talbot has been a great fit. The Minnesota Wild are 20-10-1, which is good for third place in a tough West Division. Talbot has played to a .919 SV% and has seen his GAA improve to a 2.50, his lowest since 2016.

His partner, the 24-year old Kaapo Kahkonen, has played quite well (2.29 GAA, .921 SV%), which has allowed for Wild head coach Dean Evason to use both of his netminders close to a fifty-fifty split as of late.

Besides Kahkonen’s strong play, Talbot has missed time this season due to COVID-19, which attributed to his games played total.

As mentioned above, Talbot was not brought in to be the number one. He was brought in to be part of a tandem, and despite his partner changing, he has been effective.