San Jose Sharks Interested In Cam Talbot


Mar 24, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (33) makes a save against Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams (14) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

It’s no secret the San Jose Sharks are looking for a new goaltender to man the nets for the 2015-16 season. However, the unknown is who general manager Doug Wilson will peg for the job.

Well, Cam Talbot’s name has surfaced once again in connection with the Sharks. According to a report from Darren Dreger of TSN, San Jose is one of a handful of teams that have “expressed interest” in Talbot. Dreger mentions the Sharks are one of the likely landing spots for Talbot.

Talbot, 27, has been a revelation after a relatively late start to his NHL career. Talbot has been serving as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup with the New York Rangers for the past two seasons and had a breakout campaign in 2014.

While Lundqvist missed time with injury, Talbot appeared in 36 games, posting a very solid 21-9-4 record to go along with a 2.21 goals-against-average (GAA) and a .926 save percentage. For his career, Talbot’s numbers are even more impressive with a 33-15-5 record, 2.00 GAA and .931 save percentage in 57 appearances.

And that’s the one major concern with Talbot is he just doesn’t have much experience at the NHL level, and he’s never had to be the full time starter on a consistent basis.

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Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area asks the interesting question of what it might take to acquire Talbot. It’s known the Sharks won’t be dealing their first-round pick at number nine, but their second-round pick could be of interest to the Rangers.

The multiple suitors might be driving up the price for Talbot as teams look for goaltending, but it might be off-set because teams know the Rangers are looking to deal him since he isn’t beating out Lundqvist for the starting role.

An intriguing possibility that Kurz throws out is if San Jose targeted Talbot and defenseman Kevin Klein in a trade. Klein, a right-handed defenseman, had 26 points and a plus-24 rating this past season, and could slot into a top-four role with the Sharks.

Kurz speculates that a second-round pick and one of San Jose’s top prospects could be enough to entice New York to make a deal.

Regardless, Wilson is wasting no time in pursuit of a number one goaltender and expect Wilson to be fairly aggressive as he tries to remake the Sharks.

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