Cam Talbot is 80 starts into his NHL career and has a .926 save percentage. His .916 save percentage this season ranks him in a tie for No. 20 overall (with Tuukka Rask) among starters (I chose 20 or more starts). We are not at the point where we can assume a quality start every night, but if you look at the ‘by month’ progress I think we are headed in a good direction:
- October .897
- November .864
- December .934
- January .932
and he was .973 last night against the Blue Jackets. His cap hit next season jumps to $4.167M per year, so important to see the value. The Oilers this century have bled so many wins because goaltending, Talbot working out would be a very good arrow for Peter Chiarelli and his team building. I do wonder about next year’s backup, if they can get Laurent Brossoit on a one-way for less than $1 million (he is RFA) that might be a way to free up some cap room. A $5 million goalie tandem has some real appeal (Oilers are spending half that in 2015-16).
#Oilers place Luke Gazdic on waivers. Todd McLellan says he's still in the plans but needs to play games in Bakersfield.
— Derek Van Diest (@DerekVanDiest) February 3, 2016
Luke Gazdic may be one of the final true enforcers to play in the NHL, there’s a sadness and finality to the story that touches us all. I have a friend whose Dad was one of the final calligraphers employed at the Globe and Mail, he tells a fantastic story about his being let go by the paper when the skill was no longer needed. I believe McLellan, suspect Gazdic will be back, but the day is coming when this player type no longer roams the earth. My beloved stay-at-home defensemen will soon be housed in the Don Awrey wing of the Memory Motel. He seems a nice fellow, hope it all works out for him. His roster spot goes to Brandon Davidson as of 10am tomorrow.
- Pierre Lebrun: The Edmonton Oilers haven’t decided yet what they’ll do with pending UFA winger Teddy Purcell. The 30-year-old found some decent chemistry playing on a line with Taylor Hall and Leon Draisaitl this season, putting up 11 goals and 18 assists in 51 games. But with a deep forward group moving forward when healthy, I think the Oilers have to decide where their money is better spent. Do they re-sign him this month or trade him? Source
I don’t know about price, and the club does have Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov and (potentially) Zack Kassian right side, but for me Purcell is a guy worth pursuing. It may depend on what the potential return is at the deadline, but he is a productive player for this team and an actual NHL player.