|2019 Season||July 1, 2019|
A late night deal in the NHL saw the Edmonton Oilers shed a goalie that took up a ton of cap room down to Philadelphia in a well-rumoured trade over the last few days. Yes, the Oilers sent Cam Talbot down to the Flyers for their current number two goalie, Anthony Stolarz. This trade has been bandied about on TSN for the last couple of days and with some healthy bodies coming back from injury and a brand new number one in town, the Oilers were in need of making a move, sooner, rather than closer to the deadline.
Talbot got the raw end of the deal in Edmonton, unable to get a consistent team in front of him, he wasn't able to post those big numbers, like he did in the 2017 season and it certainly looked like his confidence was shook to the point where he wasn't able to steal games for the Oilers, when the offense was struggling.
An interesting note about Talbot joining the Flyers, if and when he makes his first start for his new team, the Flyers will set a new NHL record for the most goalies ever to start a game in a regular season, as Talbot could be the 8th goalie to do so for the team this season.
In Stolarz, the Oilers get a coveted goaltending prospect, but he was already falling behind Carter Hart on the depth chart and was quickly becoming expendable. Stolarz's numbers are by no means fantastic, but he was a part of the resurgence in Philadelphia, as the Flyers are making that big push to the playoffs, trying to overcome quite the deficit to get there.
Mike currently holds the 17th overall spot in the hockey pool standings and might not be getting much in the way of gains with this trade. It certainly won't be enough to overcome some deficits of their own, as they are 25 points out of the top 10, 66 points out of the money. Talbot probably won't get a lot of action in Philadelphia, as they seem to be fairly comfortable with Hart as their guy right now, but these two goalies have worked together in the off-season, so it will be a good mentoring situation. Mentoring is not one of those hockey pool statistics, unfortunately, so Mike could be still out of luck here.