Cam Talbot returned to Madison Square Garden Thursday night for the first time since being traded to Edmonton in June 2015, for way less than what I thought the Rangers could have gotten. The Rangers traded Talbot and a 2015 seventh-round (209th overall) to the Oilers in exchange for Montreal’s second-round pick in 2015 (57th overall) Ottawa’s third-round pick in 2015 (79th overall), a seventh-round pick in 2015 (184th overall).
Talbot was given a chance to showcase his skills in net on Broadway in 2015 after starter Henrik Lundqvist suffered a sprained blood vessel in his neck, sidelining him for almost 2 months. Over that stretch, Talbot posted a 2.16 GAA, .929 save percentage, and 2 shutouts. Thanks to him, the Rangers clinched the President’s Trophy, finishing with the most points in the league.
Since moving west to Alberta, Talbot has come into his own, earning the number one job over then starter Anders Nilsson, who was later traded away to St. Louis. Last January, Talbot and the Oilers agreed to a three-year, $12 million extension. Entering the matchup against his former team, Talbot and the Oilers were sitting in first place in the Pacific Division at 7-2-1 (15 points). He had a league leading 7 wins to go along with his 2.14 GAA and a .932 save percentage through 10 starts.
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