Cam Talbot

Cam Talbot

36-Year-Old GoalieG
Los Angeles Kings
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After two solid campaigns with Minnesota, Talbot went to Ottawa and struggled, posting a 17-14-2 record, 2.93 GAA and .898 save percentage in 36 contests. In terms of save percentage, it was the second-worst mark of his career, behind only his .892 in 2018-19 and it was well below his career average of .914. Looking a little deeper, Talbot surrendered 95 goals in 2022-23 versus an expected goals against of 94.27, which suggests that if you factor out the defense playing in front of him, then the 36-year-old goaltender was basically the definition of mediocre, neither helping nor hurting his team. Now with the Kings, a squad that was one of the best defensively last year, but held back by poor goaltending, it wouldn't be surprising if Talbot's numbers improved. However, at his age, he isn't likely to start in more than half of LA's contests, with the other half of the goaltending duties projected to fall on Pheonix Copley's shoulders. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Kings in July of 2023.
Torched for six more goals
GLos Angeles Kings
April 26, 2024
Talbot allowed six goals on 40 shots in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 3.
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Talbot has given up a total of 16 tallies over three games in the first round, so he's lucky the Kings are only down 2-1 in the series. The 36-year-old's play has been lackluster, but he's not getting a ton of help from his defense. Game 4 is Sunday, but it's unclear if the Kings will stick with Talbot much longer if he continues to struggle, which could open the door for David Rittich to get a look.
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Wants to re-sign with LA
GLos Angeles Kings
May 3, 2024
Talbot would love to re-sign with the Kings, according to Russell Morgan of Hockey Royalty.
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The 36-year-old is hoping to sign a multi-year contract with LA before becoming an unrestricted free agent July 1. Talbot was the team's No. 1 goaltender for most of the 2023-24 campaign, going 27-20-6 with a 2.50 GAA and a .913 save percentage. He struggled in the first three games of the playoffs versus Edmonton, winning one of three contests while allowing 16 goals on 115 shots before being replaced by David Rittich for the final two games of the series.
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Talbot began the year as Minnesota's No. 1 goaltender, but the team reverted to a platoon approach after acquiring Marc-Andre Fleury from the Blackhawks in late March. Talbot's 32-12-4 mark was impressive, while his 2.76 GAA and .911 save percentage suggest he didn't perform quite as well as his record might lead you to believe. Minnesota re-signed Fleury this summer and there were rumblings Talbot wasn't thrilled with the potential of another time share and that was all but confirmed when the team traded him to Ottawa in July. The move should give Talbot the chance to be the unquestioned starter on what may very well be one of the NHL's most improved teams, so don't forget about the 35-year-old veteran on draft day.
Talbot certainly played well in his first season in Minnesota in 2020-21, but he wasn't as good as his 19-8-5 record would lead you to believe. His 2.63 GAA was identical to what he posted in his lone season in Calgary, and his save percentage actually dropped from .919 to .915 in his maiden voyage with the Wild. Backup goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen got significant playing time throughout the course of the year, but Talbot, who is signed for two more years at a cap hit of more than $3.6 million, is the unquestioned No. 1 'keeper for the Wild heading into the 2021-22 season. That makes him a mid-tier fantasy option for managers.
Talbot beat David Rittich out for the Flames' starting job by the end of the 2019-20 campaign. With a 2.63 GAA, .919 save percentage and a 12-10-1 record in 26 games, Talbot had his best season since 2016-17 last year. It wasn't enough to keep the Flames' interested, but he was able to secure a three-year deal with the Wild to be the 1A option ahead of Alex Stalock. The 33-year-old Talbot should be expected to be the primary starter in 2020-21, although he likely won't see more than 50 appearances in an 82-game season. Fantasy managers would do well to pair Talbot and Stalock together when possible -- both were solid last year and head coach Dean Evason may ride the hot hand at times.
After appearing in just four games with Philadelphia last season, Talbot returns to western Canada on a one-year deal with the Flames. 2018-19 wasn't exactly kind to the veteran netminder. He went 11-17-3 while posting a sub-par .892 save percentage and 3.40 GAA in 35 appearances split between the Oilers and Flyers. Things could go much better for Talbot this season, though, as Calgary gave up far fewer goals than either Edmonton or Philadelphia last year. Additionally, just three years ago, Talbot led the league with 42 wins and posted a .919 save percentage and a 2.39 GAA. Even if he doesn't reach those heights, he should be able to bounce back, at least to an extent, in 2019-20. Talbot will, however, be battling David Rittich for playing time in net, so the lion's share of the workload is far from guaranteed to the veteran backstop.
The No. 1 netminder in Edmonton finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 31-31-3 record, 3.02 GAA and .908 save percentage. Those were the worst ratios of Talbot's NHL career, and he only earned one shutout. Still, this past season was a down year for all of Edmonton, and surpassing 42 wins from a breakout campaign of 2016-17 was going to be tough by any goaltender's standards. The good news is that the Oilers didn't bring in anyone this offseason to compete with the 31-year-old for his starting gig, meaning a third consecutive season of 60-plus starts between the pipes should be attainable for Talbot, who is in a contract year and cashing out the balance of a $12.5 million deal.
Those fantasy owners who placed their bets on the Oilers improving rapidly in Connor McDavid’s second year by drafting Talbot relatively cheaply were rewarded in spades last year, as he easily led all goalies in appearances with a whopping 73 and won 42 of them, tying Braden Holtby for tops in the NHL in that category. Talbot did that despite not improving all that much from the prior campaign, as his .919 save percentage and 2.39 GAA were quite respectable, but hardly a major departure from his 2015-16 results (.917, 2.55). The Oilers would surely like to dial back the 30-year-old’s enormous workload to a somewhat more reasonable level -- say, the mid-60s -- but it’s not clear how many starts they'll feel comfortable having backup Laurent Brossoit shoulder. Although his ratios fall short of elite, Talbot’s liberal usage and team context make him one of the finest goaltending options in this fall’s fantasy drafts.
Although Edmonton’s disorganized defense was a far cry from what Talbot enjoyed as a member of the Rangers, he still managed to put up a respectable 2.55 GAA and .917 save percentage in his first season as a starter. The University of Alabama in Huntsville alum returns as the Oilers’ unquestioned top option in the crease, and an improved blue line should help his stats while also giving Talbot a good chance at finally eclipsing the 21-win mark, which he’s reached in two consecutive seasons. His save percentage has dropped with a bigger sample in each of his three NHL campaigns, but this season could reverse that trend if the Oilers do indeed take a step forward as expected.
Expectations on Talbot may be a bit unrealistic this season. The Oilers were moved to acquire the 28-year-old after he was fantastic as the Rangers’ starter when King Henrik went down last season, finishing with a 21-9-4 record, five shutouts, a 2.21 GAA, and a .926 save percentage. But that was behind an ironclad blue line, something the Oilers just don’t have. It’s going to be a tough haul for Talbot to prove he’s capable of being a starting NHL goalie in the colds of Alberta. He could still win 30 games, but those ratios will certainly take hit. Talbot is better suited as a second goalie in a deep league than a guy you can rely on to solidify your twine tent.
At 6-3, the Ontario native weighs more than the 200 pounds he's listed at. It's widely assumed that if Henrik Lundqvist were to leave for greener pastures after the upcoming season, Talbot would be the next in line behind Martin Biron. Of course, with Henrik locked up for the upcoming season and Biron's advanced age, Talbot will need to be sharper than he's been at the AHL level before any talk of "grooming" commences. The Alabama-Huntsville alum has posted a 50-52-4 record with eight shutouts through three-plus seasons with the AHL's Wolf Pack.
Talbot signed with the Rangers in 2010 and spent most of his time with the AHL Connecticut Whale last season before being added to the Rangers' playoff roster. Talbot faces long odds to make the Blueshirts' roster with Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron entrenched in their spots, but he's a name fantasy owners should know in case their is a rash of goaltending injuries at Madison Square Garden.
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Set to start Friday
GLos Angeles Kings
April 26, 2024
Talbot is expected to start at home against Edmonton in Game 3 on Friday, per Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period.
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Prevails in Game 2
GLos Angeles Kings
April 24, 2024
Talbot stopped 27 of 31 shots in a 5-4 overtime win over the Oilers in Wednesday's Game 2.
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Set to start Wednesday
GLos Angeles Kings
April 24, 2024
Talbot is expected to start on the road against Edmonton in Game 2 on Wednesday, per Tom Gazzola of Edmonton Sports Talk.
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Struggles in Game 1 loss
GLos Angeles Kings
April 22, 2024
Talbot allowed six goals on 44 shots in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Oilers in Game 1. The seventh goal was an empty-netter.
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Starting Game 1 in Edmonton
GLos Angeles Kings
April 22, 2024
Talbot will guard the road goal Monday in Game 1 versus the Oilers, according to Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period.
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