After a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday, the Edmonton Oilers have traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers for goaltender Anthony Stolarz.
Arguably a goaltender that couldn’t be moved because of his struggles this season and a higher salary, the Oilers were able to get a netminder in return, did not retain any salary and convinced Talbot to waive his no-trade clause to facilitate the move.
— x-Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) February 16, 2019
Saying Goodbye to Talbot
The Oilers will be saddened to move Talbot in what will likely be viewed as a necessary deal.
The organization needed to make room for a returning Andrej Sekera, Talbot was a pending unrestricted free agent, and the Oilers are moving farther and farther away from a playoff spot. Their loss to the Hurricanes now puts them seven points out of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.
Talbot being moved may be only the start of changes for the Oilers leading into the Feb. 25 trade deadline.
A Big Plus for the Flyers
The Flyers have a great prospect in net in Carter Hart. With Talbot, they now have a No. 1A to help groom Hart into the bonafide NHL starter the Flyers think he can be.
Hart knows Talbot well having worked with him in the offseason. The two will work naturally together and the Flyers may consider re-signing Talbot on a one or two-year extension.
What do the Oilers get in Anthony Stolarz?
Stolarz is a good, young, but struggling goaltender. Edmonton will get a player who has the potential to be a backup to Mikko Koskinen, but Stolarz will need to play at least 30 minutes or more in 10 of the Oilers final 25 games to go from being an unrestricted free agent to a restricted one. As such, the Oilers will likely give him a long look as the season winds down.
Stolarz, a second-year pro, is 4-3-3 in his 10 2018-19 appearances this season. He’s posted a 3.33 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage.
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