Among the first issues facing Peter Chiarelli when he took over the Edmonton Oilers was the big hole in goal. He traded for Cam Talbot—the numbers rhymed and the price was right—and moved on to the next task at hand. Edmonton signed Talbot during his first season as the franchise goalie, and the plan is to move forward with him as the No. 1 man. Can Cam Talbot get this team to the playoffs? (Photograph)
RE 15-16: 50GP, 2.40 .920
ACTUAL 15-16: 56GP, 2.55 .917
- Your RE was pretty close. Yes, the even-strength number needs to be better, but a solid year.
- Even-strength number? Yes. He was .920 at evens, ranking him No. 20 among goalies who started 40 or more games. He needs to post a better number.
- Where was he overall? Talbot was .917, that ranked him No. 15 among goalies who started 40 or more games.
- Are you confident in him? I am, there are people I respect who are less convinced of Talbot. With new equipment coming in, one worries about a slow start.
- Oilers have had enough of those for a lifetime. Yes, agreed. Talbot was slow off the the mark last fall, he started 3-8-1 and had a save percentage of .897 in October and .864 in November.
- But he was money from there? By month, his save percentages were .934, .932, .914, .935 and then .889 in three April games.
- Are you satisfied with him as a 55-game starter? Yes. I would like to have seen the club sign a better backup, though.
- We can chat about that when we get to the next RE. No, this is the last one, I waited for the draft and free agency so we could wrap everything up here.
- What a rip job!!! What about the coach and GM and Hall and Nuge? They are all here, 27 REs including the final Taylor Hall item. Enjoyed doing it, love Blue Rodeo so this was fun.
- You are going to miss Hall. Not as much as the Oilers.
- Will Talbot play 60 games next season? I haven’t projected it, but suspect Edmonton will rely on him as much as they did in 2015-16.
- Not a fan of Gustavsson? I think PC probably decided to sign a mid-level free agent because he believes in Laurent Brossoit to take over the job as backup at some point this season.
- A sound piece of reasoning. Well, I think the Oilers make a lot of decisions that assume things that may or may not be true, and Gustavsson-Brossoit could be one.
- What do you mean? If Edmonton has goalie issues in October, the club will have to pay extra in trade to solve them. Why not aim a little higher on July 1? Goaling is damned important, you know.
- Edmonton rarely makes a move involving goalies in-season? Oh good grief. Bryz, Dubnyk, Fasth, Scrivens, where you been Mac? If Edmonton had taken a little more care, aimed a little higher, we could talk about a team with enough depth to overcome an injury, a slump, et cetera.
- God. Is this about balance again? YES. Exactly! You need to have more than one option for really important things in life. Seriously. It is a thing.
- I think you are worried about nothing. Said the Oilers fan.
- Oilers appear serious about finding real defensemen. Larsson helps for sure, and we can also light candles for good health. Every little bit helps.
- Are you seriously worried about Talbot? I like the goalie, but felt the same way about Dubnyk and Scrivens at the same time each summer. I tell you what: I will stop worrying if we are talking about Talbot as the starter again this time next year. If we are talking about another goalie, I reserve the right to worry till the good lord calls me home.
- Fine, but I think you are making to much of it. Hope so, because if this team gets off to another poor start and Edmonton spends yet one more winter mired deep in the second division, the goaling and lack of foresight in problem solving are going to be a daily discussion here.
- The schedule is better. Yes, actually that is a good point. Oilers may be able to put a fresh team and goalie on the ice more this coming year.
- Why this song? It is about chemistry, love at first sight and relationships that feel comfortable from the beginning. That is Talbot and the Oilers. Hope we see a happier ending than the song. Expect we will.