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Finally a fix? Oilers get Talbot from Rangers


SUNRISE — The Edmonton Oilers have acquired yet another goalie in an attempt to fix what’s been a major problem for them.

Cam Talbot was traded to the Oilers today, along with the 209th overall pick in the 2015 draft, with three picks (57th, 79th, and 184th) going back to the Rangers.

Talbot turns 28 on July 5 and only has 53 career NHL starts to his name. But he was excellent in 2014-15 for the Rangers, particularly when Henrik Lundqvist was lost for a lengthy spell with an injury. Finishing 21-9-4 with a .926 save percentage, Talbot even garnered a third-place Vezina Trophy vote for his efforts.

His limited sample size is a risk for the Oilers, however. He’s never been a full-time starter in the NHL, and he’s had the advantage of playing behind an experienced Rangers squad that plays good team defense.

In Edmonton, Talbot will likely form a tandem with Ben Scrivens, the 28-year-old who joined the Oilers in a similar scenario in early 2014, only to struggle in his first full season with the club.

Both Talbot and Scrivens can become unrestricted free agents next summer.

Related: What are the Oilers going to do about their goaltending?

No question: Price wins Vezina Trophy by decisive margin

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For the first time in his career Carey Price is the winner of the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender.

The Habs’ starter beat out Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.

Price won 44 games during the 2014-15 season beating Jacques Plante’s franchise record. His 1.96 G.A.A. and .933 save percentage led all goalies this season.

Earlier in the evening Price won his first Ted Lindsay Award.

Here are the full voting results:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)

1. Carey Price, MTL 144 (27-3-0)
2. Pekka Rinne, NSH 60 (1-15-10)
3. Devan Dubnyk, MIN 28 (1-4-11)
4. Braden Holtby, WSH 26 (0-7-5)
5. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 6 (1-0-1)
6. Corey Crawford, CHI 3 (0-1-0)
7. Andrew Hammond, OTT 1 (0-0-1)
Jonathan Quick, LAK 1 (0-0-1)
Cam Talbot, NYR 1 (0-0-1)

Here’s a list of the Vezina winners and second-place finishers since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up
2015 Carey Price, Mtl. Pekka Rinne, Nsh.
2014 Tuukka Rask, Bos. Semyon Varlamov, Col.
2013 Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
2012 Henrik Lundqvist, NYR Jonathan Quick, L.A.
2011 Tim Thomas, Bos. Pekka Rinne, Nsh.
2010 Ryan Miller, Buf. Ilya Bryzgalov, Phx.
2009 Tim Thomas, Bos. Steve Mason, CBJ
2008 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Evgeni Nabokov, S.J.
2007 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Roberto Luongo, Van.
2006 Miikka Kiprusoff, Cgy. Martin Brodeur, N.J
2004 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Miikka Kiprusoff, Cgy.
2003 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Marty Turco, Dal.
2002 Jose Theodore, Mtl. Patrick Roy, Col.
2001 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Roman Cechmanek, Phi.
2000 Olaf Kolzig, Wsh. Roman Turek, St. L.
1999 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Curtis Joseph, Tor.
1998 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Martin Brodeur, N.J
1997 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Martin Brodeur, N.J
1996 Jim Carey, Wsh. Chris Osgood, Det.
1995 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Ed Belfour, Chi.
1994 Dominik Hasek, Buf. John Vanbiesbrouck, Fla.
1993 Ed Belfour, Chi. Tom Barrasso, Pit.
1992 Patrick Roy, Mtl. Kirk McLean, Van.
1991 Ed Belfour, Chi. Patrick Roy, Mtl.
1990 Patrick Roy, Mtl. Daren Puppa, Buf.

Report: As many as six teams have ‘some interest’ in Cam Talbot


Over the weekend columnist Larry Brooks called a trade involving Cam Talbot ahead of next week’s NHL Draft “the safest bet”.

Hockey insider Darren Dreger has as many as six teams interested in the goaltender’s services.

Dreger reports the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames have some interest in the 27-year-old.

Talbot finished the 2014-15 season with a 21-9-4 record to go along with a 2.21 G.A.A. and a .926 save percentage in 36 appearances.

He is owed $1.45 million for next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

As for who would back-up Henrik Lundqvist next season, it’s unlikely that Mackenzie Skapski will earn that role.

The 21-year-old made two appearances during the 2014-15 season going 2-0-0 with a 0.50 G.A.A. and a .978 save percentage, but both starts came against the Buffalo Sabres.

Furthermore, Skapski will likely miss the start of the 2015-16 season recovering from hip surgery.

There are as many as 29 goaltenders set to become unrestricted free agents next month, according to Generalfanager.com. New York should be able to ink a relatively cheap back-up, with NHL experience, for 2015-16.

Report: Rangers have received ‘significant’ interest in Talbot


According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the safest bet heading into the NHL Draft (June 26-27) is the Rangers dealing Cam Talbot.

Here’s more from his piece:

Several well-placed sources report there is a “significant” amount of interest in the soon-to-be 28-year-old goaltender, with inquiries not confined to clubs seeking a No. 1, but from some as well looking for a backup.

The Rangers are seeking to maximize the return in draft picks for the netminder, who was the team’s most valuable player the second half of the season during Henrik Lundqvist’s extended absence.

In his second NHL season Talbot proved he’s capable of handling a staring role as he took over when Henrik Lundqvist was sidelined with a vascular injury.

Talbot finished the 2014-15 season with a 21-9-4 record to go along with a 2.21 G.A.A. and a .926 save percentage in 36 appearances.

He is owed $1.45 million for next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Related: Welcome Anthony Mantha to the trade rumor mill

Welcome to the trade rumor mill, Evgeni Malkin and Rick Nash


Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman has heard from “people around the league” that Evgeni Malkin is unhappy in Pittsburgh and may welcome a change of scenery.

TSN/NBC insider Bob McKenzie believes the Rangers will at least discuss trading Rick Nash.

So, that’s pretty interesting, no?

Obviously, there are significant differences in each team’s situation, but the common denominator is financial pressure:

The Penguins have two of the highest cap hits in the league in Malkin and Sidney Crosby, plus they’ve got Kris Letang on a healthy contract as well. Another thing the Penguins have is a need to get better, and it’s tougher to do that without room under the cap.

The Rangers have a couple of big contracts of their own in Nash and Henrik Lundqvist. They also need to re-sign restricted free agent Derek Stepan this summer, then RFA Chris Kreider next summer.

Throw in the possibility that the salary cap remains at essentially the same level and the financial pressure only increases.

Anyway, enjoy those trade rumors!

Related: Friedman says Penguins need to ‘think about’ trading Malkin