SAN JOSE - 'The Dungeon,' as it was called, was actually more like a refuge.
It was home.
The foundation for it all.
Caledonia native Cam Talbot spent every off-season there in the shadow of the QEW, developing his game with longtime tutor Pat DiPronio at the Grainger Training Centre.
That is, until he opted for a different approach and spent the previous two summers - prior to signing with the Flames - at his home base in Edmonton.
"They were, statistically, my worst years," Talbot recalled earlier this month.
"So, it seemed like the right choice to go back."