Cam Talbot trade rumors heating up, Nail Yakupov available, Klein Trade?
For quite a while now, it’s been assumed that the Rangers are going to move backup goaltender Cam Talbot during this offseason, capitalizing on his higher-than-ever trade value and moving him before he would likely leave after next season.
It was known that Talbot would draw interest from teams in need of a starting goalie, and for a few reasons.
First off, the market for a goaltender is quite weak. There is no chance that the Minnesota Wild will let Vezina Trophy finalist Devan Dubnyk walk, and he will almost definitely be back in a Wild uniform next year. Martin Jones is going to be re-signed by the Kings, and Antti Niemi is a proven number one starter, but he will be very pricey.
Out of all of the remaining options, including free agents and current back-ups, Talbot seems to be the best candidate for the job. Robin Lehner and Eddie Lack are two other options for a team looking for a goalie, but Talbot has been a better player.
Talbot proved to the hockey world that he is capable of taking over the No. 1 goalie role after Henrik Lundqvist went down with a vascular injury. Talbot stepped in and played 23 games, finishing that stretch with a 16-4-3 record with a 2.16 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.
He wound up finishing the season with an impressive 21-9-4 record, a 2.21 GAA and a .926 save percentage, along with five shutouts. His career numbers are even better, boasting a 33-15-5 record, a 2.00 GAA along with a .931 save percentage, spread out over 51 games.
On top of all of that, Talbot is very affordable, with a cap hit of just $1.45 million for the upcoming year.
In an article by Adam Herman from Blueshirt Banter, he predicted that the Rangers would be able to get a second or third round pick in exchange for Talbot, depending on the market for goalies. Frankly, I agreed with him. But it seems like the return will wind up being much greater.
As of right now, the Edmonton Oilers are believed to be the frontrunners for Talbot’s services. Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth were not all that good, and they have a plethora of draft picks and prospects to exchange.
Lately, it’s been rumored that Oilers would be willing to part ways with the 16th overall pick in the upcoming draft, which would be a huge return for Talbot. The Rangers have not had a first round draft pick since 2012.
If it’s not a first round pick, then the Rangers may be able to snag a second round pick and a prospect, preferably a forward. Edmonton is full of forward prospects, both in the NHL and in lower leagues, and would certainly part with a second round pick in hope of getting their goalie of the future.
Pam Murray, who broke the news that the Oilers would be willing to part ways with the 16th pick for Talbot, also said that Nail Yakupov is a player that the Oilers would be willing to trade. Yakupov, 21, finished this season with 14 goals and 19 assists.
@PlumbobBT Yakupov is the one player Oilers are willing to move.
— Murray Pam (@Pammerhockey) June 13, 2015
The Oilers are the frontrunners, but there are other teams interested as well. San Jose has supposedly been interested for a while now, with Antti Niemi likely on his way out. Now that it seems like it would require a good return to get Cam, could Sather potentially acquire a prospect like Melker Karlsson from San Jose? According to Darren Dreger, other teams that are now rumored to be interested in trading for Talbot are the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Dallas Stars and the Florida Panthers. Buffalo is looking to finish up their rebuild, The Flames bounced between two goalies throughout the year and the playoffs, Kari Lehtonen was unreliable this year, and Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo just turned 36.
Cam Talbot is a hot commodity. Edmtn, Cgy, SJ, Dallas + Florida have expressed interest. Multiple trade offers. First 3 most likely targets.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 18, 2015
Should add Buffalo to the list of teams chasing Cam Talbot. Edmtn, Buf, SJ pretty eager. Dal, Fla and Cgy have some interest as well.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 18, 2015
Here are the draft picks through the first three rounds from all of the interested parties;
Edmonton: 1.16 – 33, 57 – 79, 86
San Jose: 9 – 39
Buffalo: 2, 21 – 31, 51
Calgary: 15 – 42, 52, 53 – 76, 83
Dallas – 12 – 49
Florida: 11 – 77, 88
If I had to guess, the Edmonton is probably where Talbot is going to end up. But I still find it hard to believe that they would trade the 16th pick straight up, or a second round pick and a prospect for Talbot. With the Rangers looking to free up cap space, perhaps they may cash in on Kevin Klein’s breakout season, and it would also give Edmonton a reliable defensive-defenseman, something they are lacking. Trading Talbot and Klein would free up $4.35 million in cap space.
If Klein was traded, then that would allow Brady Skjei to compete for a roster spot out of training camp. After joining Hartford after the Minnesota Gophers were eliminated, Skjei joined the Wolf pack, immediately accept big minutes, becoming a top-two defenseman by the Eastern Conference Finals. He’s an excellent skater, and the defensive aspect of his game is already there. Skjei is said to have a high upside offensively.
Finding a cap-friendly backup to replace Talbot shouldn’t be too hard. The Rangers have a very good opportunity to free up some cap space, recuperate lost draft picks, and maybe even pick up a solid prospect or two.
Stay tuned Rangers fans, a potential blockbuster deal could be in the works.
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