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Flyers Acquire Cam Talbot From the Oilers

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

Talbot, 31, was 10-15-3 with a .893 save percentage and 3.36 goals-against average this season for the Oilers. Talbot is in the final season of his contract with a cap hit of $4.167 million. The 31-year old goaltender was replaced by Mikko Koskinen when Ken Hitchcock took over as the coach on Nov. 20. On Jan. 20, Koskinen signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract.

Talbot had his best season in 2016-2017 when he lead the league with 42 wins and helped the Oilers make the playoffs after a decade long drought. Last season, the Oilers missed the playoffs. Right now the Oilers are tied for last with the Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division with a 24-28-5 record. Talbot could be a great mentor for rookie goaltender Carter Hart. Hart, 20, is having a great start for his career is 11-6-1 with a 2.48 GAA and .924 save percentage. The last offseason Hart and Talbot worked out together near Edmonton.

The Flyers are 26-24-7 and are 10-1-1 in the last 12 games and are eight points from the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Talbot will be the eighth goaltender for the Flyers this season.
Stolarz, 25, was a second-round pick (45th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 25-year-old played 12 games with a 4-3-3 record, 3.33 GAA and .915 save percentage. Stolarz is expected to be a restricted free agent this off-season. Playing for Edmonton could be a great opportunity for him to showcase his skills.

 

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