Maxime Talbot first arrived in the city of Pittsburgh as a 21-year-old rookie in 2005. Since that time the city has grown on the Lemoyne, Quebec native. Talbot has also grown on the city and is one of the most popular players on the team.
“I think there’s no better place to play hockey than in Pittsburgh,” Talbot said. “It’s so fun to be a part of this hockey team and to be a part of this town. It’s a great place to play. It’s a great place to live and I made it my second home.”
Pittsburgh will be his “second home” for the foreseeable future. Talbot re-signed to a two-year contract extension
with the Penguins on Friday.
“It’s nice to get a deal done at this point of the season,” Talbot said. “Now I can get going for the rest of the season. It’s a big day for me. I’m happy to be a part of the Penguins organization for the next two years.”
“It’s good for him,” Penguins head coach Michel Therrien said. “It’s good for his confidence. It’s good for us to get a player like this.”
That’s good news for the Penguins considering that Talbot is also beloved by his teammates. The Penguins can enjoy two more seasons of Talbot’s locker room antics, constantly changing facial hair, witty comments and “Superstar” car commercials. Following his interview session with the media, Talbot shouted “I love you guy!”
He’s a favorite in the room. He’s a guy that keeps it loose. It’s a long season and you need guys like that. It’s good to keep him around. - Ray Shero
“He’s a favorite in the room,” general manager Ray Shero said. “He’s a guy that keeps it loose in the locker room. It’s a long season and you need guys like that. It’s good to keep him around.”
On the ice, Talbot has four goals and three assists in 28 games this year. He returned to practice for the Penguins on Friday, the day he signed his new contract. Talbot missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury and his return to the ice is unknown. It’s the third stretch this season that Talbot has missed to injury.
“It’s been a tough year for him,” Therrien said. “He’s been banged up over the course of the season. He’s not 100 percent. I’m sure he’s looking forward towards the second half.”
In his career, Talbot has collected 65 points on 34 goals and 31 assists in 214 career games in the NHL. He’s played center and wing during his professional career and added 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 22 career playoffs games.
“He’s a versatile player,” Shero said. “He can play center. He can play wing. He can move up and down the lineup. He’s a player that we drafted and brought up through the system. He’s a hard worker that gives you a lot every game.”
“Every night you know what you’re getting with him,” teammate Sidney Crosby
said. “He brings a lot of character. He’s a hard worker. He’s got some offensive touch as well. That’s big. He’s a guy that’s been around for a long time too. To know that he’s going to be around for a little bit longer is good to hear.”
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over three years since Maxime Talbot broke into the National Hockey League with the Penguins. He’s matured during his time in Pittsburgh as a player and as a person.
It seems like it went really fast. I’ve grown up a lot as a person and as a hockey player too. - Max Talbot
“It seems like it went really fast,” Talbot said. “My first year in the NHL was the same as Sid and a lot of the guys. We grew up a lot together. I’ve grown up a lot as a person and as a hockey player too.
“As a team we grew up, learning the game and being more experienced and stuff. That’s what happened the last three years. I’m sure the next two will be more important for my career.”
Talbot has been a member of the Penguins organization since the club selected him in the eighth round (234th overall) of the 2002 Entry Draft. Talbot worked his way through juniors, the AHL and has established himself as an NHL-caliber player.
“It’s nice to see the player develop over the course of the season, over the course of his career,” Therrien said. “This is a player that we drafted. He paid his dues in the American Hockey League. He became an important player for us. He was great in the playoffs last year. I’m glad for him that he was recognized and signed that contract.”Penguins Re-Sign Talbot Press Release