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MELTZER: A look in to the Talbot deal

Flyers contributor gives his take on the acquisition of Cam Talbot

by Bill Meltzer @billmeltzer

Flyers Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher and new goaltender Cam Talbot held media conference calls on Saturday. Here are four key takeaways from what was said on both:

1) CALCULATED RISK 

Talbot, a potential unrestricted free agent this summer, said he was open to re-signing with the Flyers and extended his list of teams to whom he'd accept a trade to include the Flyers. 

In the meantime, Fletcher said the organization had interest in getting a preview of the 31-year-old veteran, who is friends and training partners with Flyers rookie prodigy Carter Hart. Although he has had a rough season this year, Talbot has a good past track record. 

Two seasons ago with Edmonton, Talbot placed fourth in the Vezina Trophy balloting. 

Said Talbot: "I've had some pretty good success over here in the Metro [Division] and it's kind of come full circle for me. My first NHL game was against Philly, so it's an exciting time for me and my family.'

2) ON... AND OFF-ICE POTENTIAL 

While Hart's friendship with Talbot makes it a good fit for the players themselves, Fletcher said it was a non-factor from the GM's own standpoint. 

"That didn't have much to do with it for me," said Fletcher. "This is an opportunity for a guy who's been a No. 1 in the league, he's been a No. 2 and he's had a lot of experiences and played over 280 games. I think he'll give this organization a shot in the arm right now. It had much more to do with Cam being a good goaltender as opposed to being a good mentor." 

 

3) THE PLAYOFF PUSH

The move was also made with the Flyers current attempt to push for a playoff spot in mind and having a veteran to work in tandem with Hart. Doing so takes some pressure off Hart and provides some added experience to the mix.

"We had an opportunity to acquire Cam and see what he can do down the stretch and see if there's a fit with him going forward," said Fletcher. "For right now I think we added another quality guy... there's a lot of hockey left to be played and we just want to made sure we're protected."

"I'm excited to come in and play for a team that has been rolling as of late," said Talbot. "I heard nothing but good things about the group in the room, and obviously my relationship with Carter has been well documented so I'm excited to get going with him as well and do my best to help him along and find a future down the road, but we're just focused on the now and help with the playoff push."

 

4) MORE TO COME? 

The GM said that discussions have picked up on other trade fronts in recent days. However, Fletcher said it is "hard to predict" how active the Flyers will be ahead of the trade deadline on Feb. 25.

Said Fletcher: "If we can find a way to improve our team, we'll certainly look at anything. Whether it's now or in the summer, we're just continuing to make calls and answer calls to see what opportunities might be out there." 

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