Ottawa Senators acquire Cam Talbot

The Minnesota Wild have officially traded their goalie Cam Talbot to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a goaltender Philippe Gustavsson.

General Manager of the Senators Pierre Dorion issued a statement on the deal in a team statement:

Cam is experienced and gives us more goalkeeping stability ahead of next season. He was instrumental in helping Minnesota reach the playoffs in each of his two seasons with the Wild. The tandem him and Anton Forsberg prepares us well for the coming year.

Trade is financially important to Minnesota. This is a net cap drop of $2.9 million, giving the Wild and the GM Bill Guerin a (little) flexibility before free agency opens tomorrow.

It was clear Talbot wasn’t happy with Minnesota’s decision to retain Marc-Andre Fleury on a two-year contract, and now he’ll get another job as a clear (at worst) 1A goaltender with the Senators. The Senators now have a more experienced and improved goaltending tandem that will carry them into next season as they aim to make some noise in the Eastern Conference, essentially replacing the injured Matt Murray with Talbot for Gustavsson’s award, a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick. In 49 games with the Wild last year, the 35-year-old Talbot had a 32-12-4 record, three shutouts, a 2.76 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.

The agreement is also not without merit on the ice for the Wild. Gustavsson is young and has a decent edge, and while he doesn’t fly the ‘future keeper’ label claimed by Jesper Wallstedtit fills the void in the organization left by Kaapo Kahkonen as a tandem or long-term backup option. Originally a second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2016, Gustavsson now finds himself with his third NHL organization through no fault of his own. He played 27 games as a senator over the past two years, maintaining a career record of 10-13-3 and a .905 save percentage. Those numbers are bound to improve with increased development and stronger defense in the state of hockey.

ESPN’s Kevin Weekes was the first to report Talbot heads for Ottawa.

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