4. Cam Talbot – Goalie, Edmonton Oilers
If the San Jose Sharks are going to go far in the postseason, they’re going to need to find some help at Goalie. Let us not forget something, Martin Jones is the starting goalie for this hockey team, and will remain the starting goalie.
Jones, however, has struggled this season. He’s been giving up a whopping 2.98 GAA, and went into the all star break with a Sv% of under .90, .895 to be exact, which is horrible. But, he’s the guy making the big money, and he still comes alive in big moments.
San Jose Sharks backup goalie Aaron Dell has been even worse, with a 3.11 GAA and .891 Sv%. I do think Jones can turn it around, but if the San Jose Sharks want to go to the Stanley Cup Finals, I think a James Riemer-esque deal needs to happen a-la 2016.
Edmonton Oilers Netminder Cam Talbot comes to mind as a fit as a back-up goalie option for the San Jose Sharks. Not quite the sexiest option here, but the Sharks are dumpster diving which unfortunately rules out Red Wings Goalie Jimmy Howard who, despite being an unrestricted free agent after this season, will command a large return from a team looking to acquire him.
Talbot will also be a UFA, but he’s now seen as expendable in Edmonton after they re-upped Mikko Koskanen to a 3 year, 13.5 million dollar extension. Edmonton has Al Montoya waiting in the AHL as well, so they can afford to lose an unhappy Cam Talbot.
Talbot hasn’t exactly been the guy the Oilers had hoped for when they acquired him from the New York Rangers. As his best season in Edmonton came in 2016-2017 when he posted 42(!!!) wins, but merely a .919 Sv%. And its not getting any better this year either, as hes posting an .894 Sv% and 3.27 (yikes) GAA. But, Talbot isn’t happy with his role in Edmonton, and they aren’t exactly the greatest defensive team in the NHL either.
Talbot would like to get out of the hockey wasteland that is Edmonton, Alberta and a change of scenery with a contending team could do him well. And while Peter Chiarelli was just fired by the Oilers, I’d like to see Doug Wilson check the oil in Canada to see if they still have the Chiarelli stink on them.