Cam Talbot, the New York Rangers backup goalie. Also known as “Prince Talbot” or “The GoalBuster.”
This upcoming season could be a “make or break” showing for the second year goalie
Last season, Talbot proved that New York wasn’t as big as Huntsville, AL, where he played Division I college hockey. It’s not an easy job to back up an elite goaltender like Henrik Lundqvist. However, when given the opportunity, Talbot did pretty good for himself.
He played in 21 games for the New York Rangers last season, becoming the “heir apparent” to Martin Biron
Last season, head coach Alain Vigneault gave Talbot the nod after Rangers management placed the veteran goaltender on waivers. This was partly due to a disastrous start to the 2013-2014 campaign. Most New York Rangers fans would rather forget that shocking, horrific, and embarrassing West Coast road trip. After two nightmarish October starts by Biron against the San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues, the backup goalie was demoted to the Rangers AHL team in Hartford.
In stepped Cam Talbot.
Not only did he play well, but he became a favorite amongst the masses of New York Rangers fans. He was loved so much that some fans were calling for Talbot to be the number one goalie. They even ventured to say trade Henrik Lundqvist, during his contract negotiations last season. Fortunately, better heads prevailed and the King showed why this was his town and wasn’t ready to hand over the reins.
Despite this, the first year backup did take advantage of his playing time when called upon
Last season, Cam Talbot finished with a record of twelve wins, six losses, and one overtime loss. His save percentage was .941, with a goals against average of 1.64. Out of 560 shots faced last season, Talbot stopped 527 of them. With play like that, it was no wonder he had three shutouts.
Cam Talbot kept the 2013-2014 season alive for the New York Rangers
Especially during Henrik Lundqvist’s inconsistent play in the first half of the season, he did the opposite. At one point, Talbot had a winning streak of five games from October 26th to November 23rd, 2013. During this streak, he blanked the Montreal Canadiens and Nashville Predators.
Cam Talbot did appear in two games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, they were both in relief efforts of Henrik Lundqvist. Unfortunately, it was reported that Talbot suffered a hand injury, before the Final with the Los Angeles Kings. Though he may not have made significant impact in the outcome of the series, it would have given the Rangers a little more confidence to know the goaltending tandem of Lundqvist and Talbot was together.
With the 2014-2015 NHL season rising in the distance, it’s another year for Cam Talbot to prove himself
But more importantly, it’s a contract year for him. According to capgeek.com, he will be earning $562,500 in the last year of his present contract. After this season, he will be an unrestricted free agent. For Talbot, it’s time to shine again and put doubters to sleep that “….last year was no fluke.”
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