Friday, December 20, 2013

Linus Omark Traded to Buffalo Sabres

Linus Omark has been traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Buffalo Sabres according to the Edmonton Journal.  Edmonton will receive a conditional  sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL entry draft.  It was rumored that Omark had wanted to be traded in order to see more NHL playing time.  It was also reported that the Oilers wanted to get their 50-man protected list solidified, providing further impetus for this trade. Omark had a brief stint with the Oilers but spent most of his time this season with their AHL affiliate Oklahoma City Barons.

The former fourth round pick of the Oilers in 2007 has seen 66 regular season NHL games with 30 points to his credit (8 goals, 22 assists).

He proved himself to be skilled offensively in his time on the Oilers' farm team this season, notching 29 points in 29 games for the Barons. Given the Sabres' struggles offensively in 2013, it would be surprising if Omark did not appear on their NHL roster in the very near future.

The teams squeaked this deal in before the NHL roster freeze kicked in for several days during the holidays.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Rangers and Blackhawks Trade AHL Forwards

As reported by NHL.com, the New York Rangers have traded Brad Mashinter to the Chicago Blackhawks today in exchange for forward Kyle Beach.

Mashinter has participated in several NHL games for the Rangers this season, but has spent the majority of his time in the AHL. Beach, who was a high draft pick by the Blackhawks in 2008, has not yet taken to the ice in an NHL contest.



Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Lundqvist Signs Extension With Rangers

"King Henrik" Lundqvist has cemented himself as an all-time New York Ranger by agreeing to a seven-year contract extension begining with the 2014-15 campaign.  The 2012 Vezina winning backstop has clearly become one of the best NHL goalies, and the Rangers will now expect him to remain playing at the highest level, given that he will be paid at the highest level.

Lundqvist's contract carries a total value of $59.5 million or $8.5 million annually.  That makes him the highest paid netminder, by annual average value, starting with the 2014-15 season, by a margin of $1.5 million.


2014 NHL Free Agent Goaltenders - Top 5



The Top 5 NHL Goaltenders Set for Free Agency in July, 2014



1.  Henrik Lundqvist  

UPDATE:  Lundqvist agreed to a seven-year deal with the New York Rangers, beginning with the 2014-15 campaign, at a total value of $59.5 million. 

All indications have been that the New York Rangers want to re-sign Henrik Lundqvist prior to free agency. It also seems as if Lundqvist wants to remain the goaltender for the Blueshirts.  Yet, no deal has been made to date, extending "King Henrik" past July, 2014 with New York.  Lundqvist has made it clear that he will not accept contract negotiations becoming a distraction during the 2013-14 NHL season.  



2.  Ryan Miller



There has been much speculation that the Buffalo Sabres were considering a trade of their star netminder.  

Actually, it's probably a bit more than speculation, since Buffalo's GM, Darcy Regier has stated that discussions he has had with other General Managers involve taking money in any trade of Miller or his teammate Thomas Vanek.  At this point, if the Sabres don't play well in the first half of the 2013-14 season, there is a considerable chance that Miller will be traded prior to the March 5, 2014 NHL trade deadline.  If that does not happen, obviously, how the Sabres play in 2013-14 as a team, will affect how both Miller and the Buffalo organization approach any potential re-signing.


3. Martin Brodeur



If Brodeur plays in the NHL for the 2014-15 season, it will be with the New Jersey Devils.  How the net-sharing duties work out this season between Marty and Cory Schneider, acquired in the draft-day trade with the Vancouver Canucks, will go a long way in determining whether Brodeur returns.  In the end though, Brodeur is, as considered by many, the best goaltender to ever play the game.  He'll retire as a New Jersey Devil when he feels that he can no longer contribute at the highest level.   





4. Jonas Hiller



Hiller, the Anaheim Ducks Swiss-born netminder, has shared his goaltending duties with Viktor Fasth recently.  That said, Hiller is still considered a "number one" goalie.  All seven playoff games in 2012-13 for the Ducks were 'tended by Hiller, and he put up a very respectable .917 save percentage and 2.46 GAA.  If Fasth plays as well as he did last season however, the Ducks may elect to let Hiller go the free agent route while looking to re-sign Fasth, whose contract comes due one year later.  





5.  Jaroslav Halak



Halak ceded some net time to Brian Elliott with the St. Louis Blues in 2013, due to an injury.  Still, Halak should get the nod as the primary netminder in St. Louis, unless his plays slips to the point that the Blues' management chooses to insert Elliott on a more regular basis.  Both Halak and Elliott will be unrestricted free agents in 2014.  Halak's cap hit for 2013-14 is $3.75 million according to capgeek.com, while Elliott has come with an annual price tag of $1.8 million. The Blues also have young Jake Allen who will be competing for a spot on the roster this season.  










Blue Jackets Bring McKenna Back With Bobrovsky Injured

With the recent injury to Vezina-winning netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, the Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled goaltender Mike McKenna from their AHL affiliate Springfield Falcons, according to the team's website.

Bobrovsky will be on IR and miss four to five weeks.  While he is out, the net will be tended by Curtis McElhinney, with McKenna backing him up.  The 30 year-old McKenna has seen 17 regular season games in the NHL, putting up an .887 save percentage.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Oilers Recall Jason LaBarbera

An injury to their newly acquired netminder has led the Edmonton Oilers to recall goaltender Jason LaBarbera from Oklahoma City of the AHL according to nbcsports.com.  With Ilya Bryzgalov ailing, Devan Dubnyk will be the starter and LaBarbera available for relief.  The 33 year-old backstop has extensive NHL and AHL experience, and will provide key insurance due to unforseen injury to Dubnyk.  

Senators Recall Hoffman

The Ottawa Senators have recalled forward Mike Hoffman according to The Hockey News and the team's website.  Hoffman, a left wing from Ontario who was selected by the Senators in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL entry draft, has played in four regular season NHL games over the past two seasons.  While playing with the Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton this season, Hoffman has notched an impressive 26 points in 21 games.  In other recent moves, Ottawa has assigned defenseman Mark Borowiecki and Derek Grant to Binghamton.

Did you know.......Hoffman scored 52 goals in 62 regular season games while playing in the QMJHL in 2008-09?   

Saturday, November 30, 2013

2014 NHL Free Agents - Jonas Hiller

Jonas Hiller, a stalwart in goal for the Anaheim Ducks over the past few seasons, will become an unrestricted free agent in July of 2014, unless re-signed or traded first.  The native of Switzerland, who is playing out a four year contract with a cap hit of $4.5 million annually, will be 32 years old when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Hiller has consistently been over .900 in save percentage while starting for Anaheim.  He has hovered near 30 wins per season with a GAA of roughly 2.50 per game each year.

Free Agent Outlook

This will be a key season for Hiller, in proving to Anaheim (or any other NHL team for that matter) that he is a bona fide number one netminder worthy of an extended contract.  With Viktor Fasth in the wings, as well as some good young talent in the AHL and ECHL system, Hiller will need to crank up that save percentage while lowering his GAA, and help move the Ducks through the playoffs, in order to see a big payday for the foreseeable future.  



Friday, November 29, 2013

Hurricanes Entertaining Trade Offers?

According to Pierre LeBrun on ESPN.com, teams have been discussing defenseman Tim Gleason and forward Tuomu Ruutu as potential trade returns, with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ruutu is signed through 2015-16 at a cap hit of $4.75 million, and holds a no-movement-clause according to Cap Geek.  The 30 year-old center has 4 points in 19 games this season.  Gleason, who was traded to Carolina in 2006 by the Los Angeles Kings, is considered a shutdown defenseman, and is inked through the 2015-16 season at a cap hit of $4 million annually.  

NHL Snap Shots: Klesla, Bryzgalov

The Phoenix Coyotes have recalled defenseman Rostislav Klesla from their AHL affiliate in Portland according to Yahoo!.  Klesla was placed on waiver by the Coyotes, which he cleared, and although he was assigned to Portland, he did not play for them.  The big blueliner, acquired in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2010-11 season, has 3 points in 15 games for Phoenix this season.

In his first start of the season, goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov earned a victory and shutout for the Edmonton Oilers as they defeated the Nashville Predators, 3-0.  The Oilers signed the former Flyer and Coyote netminder in early November, had him prepare with their Oklahoma City AHL affiliate, and then quickly got him on the ice with their young team.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ottawa Looking to Land Defenseman Via Trade

The Ottawa Senators are interested in landing a top four defenseman. This has General Manager Brian Murray keeping tabs on the trade market per Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.

Sitting at number 25 among all NHL teams ranking for goals-against, the Senators could use to bolster their blueline immediately.  But at what cost?  If they think they could be a contender for the Stanley Cup (and why wouldn't they?) this season, then a defenseman via trade will most likely come at a cost of draft picks, prospects or both.

And the player won't come from a team with a winning record.  There just seems to be a dearth of needed shutdown defensemen across the league that would not afford a team to give one up, if they are expecting to compete for the Cup this season.





Monday, November 25, 2013

Montreal's Big Trade Coming?


The Montreal Canadiens may be looking to make a "big splash" in the trade market, according to sportsnet.ca.  As reported by Luke Fox, citing the Fourth Period, GM Marc Bergevin has been seeking a first-line star since taking the helm of the Habs.  Who could be included in any package for a first-tier forward?  It's noted that Raphael Diaz and Brian Gionta are both on expiring contracts and might be candidates.  They would need to be packaged with prospects, draft picks or possibly cash to acquire a player that would qualify as a "big splash".  

So who would / could Montreal be targeting?  A player with scoring touch like Tyler Seguin would qualify as the type of first line star Montreal is looking for. He is under contract through 2018-19 at a cap hit comparable to Gionta.

If Dallas could get the quantity of draft picks it wants, or a prospect like top tier defenseman Nathan Beaulieu, the Stars just might be enticed enough to part ways with the young talented scorer. And Montreal would have that big fish it was seeking.





Martin Erat Trade Request Confirmed

Martin Erat has confirmed a trade request according to NHL.com.  Erat was traded by the Nashville Predators to the Washington Capitals during the 2012-13 season in exchange for prospect Filip Forsberg.  It was recently expressed by the Czech forward that he has not been given the chance to perform as a member of the Caps.

When he took to the ice for the Predators his offensive skill was evident, borne out by his statistics.  Over 723 regular season games with the Preds since the 2001-02 season, Erat notched 481 points.  His skill did not seem to be diminishing, again as his stats show.  In 2011-12, his last full season with Nashville, Erat put up 58 points, an NHL career high for him.

Erat had expectations of being a top-six forward for the Capitals, but has not seen an average of more than 15 minutes of ice-time per game, according to rotoworld.com.  After averaging nearly 18 minutes of ice time per game over the past several seasons for Nashville, Erat's average TOI for Washington has been just over 13 minutes.

The 32 year-old winger is under contract through the 2014-15 NHL season, at an annual cap hit of $4.5 million.


Del Zotto to Isles?

Should the New York Islanders trade with the New York Rangers for Michael Del Zotto? Arthur Staple of Newsday suggests that just such a trade might fit both teams.

The innuendo regarding the Rangers being less than satisfied with Del Zotto's play of late has been as thick as the ice they skate on. If New York is willing to trade him, his style of play would fit the Islanders' need. And as Staple points out, Del Zotto played with the Isles' top star, Mr. Jonathan Tavares, for three productive seasons in Junior hockey.

Both played for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL between 2006 and 2008.  While with the Generals, Del Zotto averaged nearly a point per game, while Tavares foreshadowed the offensive skill he would display at the NHL level, averaging 1.72 points per game over the same three seasons.  

The bigger question is, what would the Islanders give up to get Del Zotto, and would it fit the Rangers' needs?  A clearing of salary would not be out of the question, freeing up cap space to make a move for a defenseman on another team.  This complicates any trade, but doesn't preclude one.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

NHL Goalie Snap Shots: Blues, Ducks

Would the St. Louis Blues be interested in Ryan Miller as their goaltender?  That's the question that Allan Muir of SI.com asks in a recent post.  The Blues currently sit one point out of first place in the Central Division of the Western Conference, just behind the Chicago Blackhawks.  Ryan Miller could be the difference maker that propels them ahead of Chicago.  Although both Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot have played well for St. Louis, the question must still be asked as to whether the Blues would want to solidify their net with a bona fide number one goalie with a resume like Miller's?

The Anaheim Ducks goaltending situation has become much more tenuous following the injury to Viktor Fasth that will see him sidelined for 3-4 weeks.  As Chris Peters writes for cbssports.com, the injury to Fasth probably complicates any potential trade of Jonas Hiller by the Ducks.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Flames Trade for MacDermid

One day after trading for a sixth round draft pick in 2014, the Calgary Flames sent a sixth round draft pick in the next NHL draft to the Dallas Stars in a trade to acquire forward Lane MacDermid.

MacDermid has played in 20 NHL games over the past three seasons split between the Boston Bruins and Dallas. He is described as a physical, hard-working player, who the Stars had acquired earlier in a trade with Boston.

According to Cap Geek, MacDermid's contract carries a $660,000 NHL salary and a $70,000 AHL salary.





Thursday, November 21, 2013

Flames Trade Jackman

The Calgary Flames have traded Tim Jackman to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in 2014 according to sportsnet.ca.

The move frees up a roster spot, which the Flames have chosen to fill with the Abbotsford Heat's leading scorer in center Blair Jones, while also netting them another chance at finding a good young player in the coming draft.

This trade does not free up much cap room for Calgary. Jackman's contract carries a $612,500 annual cap hit per Cap Geek.

Jackman, who could fill an enforcer role for the Ducks, has racked up 654 penalty minutes in 400 regular season NHL games.






Saturday, November 16, 2013

Maple Leafs Trade With Ducks: Holland, Staubitz for Blacker, Draft Picks

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded with the Anaheim Ducks, acquiring Peter Holland and Brad Staubitz in exchange for Jesse Blacker as well as a third and seventh round pick in the 2014 NHL draft, according to NHL.com.

Holland, a first round selection of the Ducks in 2009, plays the center position and will fill a need for depth at that position in Toronto.  The Toronto native has played in 29 regular season games since 2011-12, notching 7 points.  He's under contract through 2013-14 at an $870K cap hit according to capgeek.com.

(Watch Holland score on a breakaway with Anaheim in this YouTube video).

Staubitz, a 29 year-old right winger, began his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks as a free agent in 2005.  He fills an enforcer role, having accumulated 521 penalty minutes in 230 NHL games.

(Watch Staubitz while with the Minnesota Wild in a scrap with Cam Janssen here).

Blacker was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs with the 58th overall pick of the 2009 NHL entry draft, having excelled as a member of the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL.  The defenseman has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL.

(Watch Blacker score on a wrist shot in early 2013 here).




Blackhawks Trade for Versteeg with Panthers

The Chicago Blackhawks have re-acquired Kris Versteeg in a trade with the Florida Panthers according to the Chicago Tribune.  In addition to Versteeg, the Panthers have traded Philippe Lefebvre, in return for prospects Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen.

It is reported that the Panthers have also agreed to take on half of Versteeg's salary through his current contract term.  Versteeg's salary for this season is $4.6 million according to capgeek.com, but his AAV is $4.4 million through the term of the contract.

Versteeg is in his second stint with the Blackhawks, having been a key contributor to Chicago's 2010 Stanley Cup Championship.  During that regular season of 2009-10, Versteeg contributed 44 points in 79 games (20 goals, 24 assists), and then tallied 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in the playoffs en route to hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Although Versteeg can fill a variety of roles for the Blackhawks, as reported by Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, he could wind up contributing to a very particular need the Blackhawks have:
Versteeg could fill the gaping hole on the penalty kill left with the departure of Michael Frolik in a trade the Jets during the summer.
Phillippe Lefebvre is a left winger who signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens in 2009.  He spent most of 2011-12 and part of 2012-13 with their AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs, contributing 18 points in 92 regular season games.  Lefebvre was part of the trade between Montreal and Florida that sent enforcer George Parros to the Canadiens.  You can see some of Lefebvre's offensive skill on display, in this video, taken while he was with the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL.

Jimmy Hayes is a big right winger who played collegiately for Boston College.  He was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008 prior to a trade which sent him to Chicago in 2010.  Hayes has spent parts of the past three NHL seasons with the Blackhawks, contributing 13 points in 43 games.  He had most recently been playing with Chicago's AHL affiliate Rockford Icehogs.  Watch Hayes score on a backhand spin move while with Chicago, here.

Dylan Olsen is a 22 year-old left-shooting defenseman born in St. Lake City, Utah, but hailing from Canada, who was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL entry draft by the Blackhawks.  After two seaons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Olsen spent time with the Rockford Icehogs, notching 11 points in 50 regular season games for that squad during the 2012-13 campaign.  Olsen flashes his offensive skill from the point in this video.  

Thursday, November 14, 2013

San Jose Sharks ECHL Affiliate Acquires Kyle Bodie

The San Jose Sharks ECHL affiliate the San Francisco Bulls, have announced that they have acquired forward Kyle Bodie from the Cincinnati Cyclones in a trade for future considerations.

Bodie is in his first season of professional hockey, having scored two points in seven games with the Cyclones.  He most recently played collegiately for Union College of the ECAC, scoring 85 points in 122 games.   

Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan Back With Buffalo

Pat LaFontaine has been named to the newly created position of president of hockey operations for the Buffalo Sabres. Meanwhile Ted Nolan has been named the interim head coach for the Sabres. This all comes on the heels of general manager Darcy Regeir and head coach Ron Rolston being relieved of their duties on Wednesday.

According to NHL.com, LaFontaine's position is not that of General Manager for the team.
LaFontaine said he will not be the team's general manager and will lead the search for the next GM.
Ted Nolan last coached with the Buffalo Sabres in 1996-97, when he won the Jack Adams award for the NHL coach of the year.  








Monday, November 11, 2013

2014 NHL Free Agents - David Legwand

David Legwand is currently set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2014, coming off of a six-year contract carrying a $4.5 million cap hit according to capgeek.com.  The 33 year-old Nashville Predators' center has spent his entire NHL career in the Music City, garnering 526 points in 894 regular season games through the 2012-13 campaign.

Scoring Stats Goals Assists Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV SH PP S S% ATOI
1998-99 18 NSH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 12:50
1999-00 19 NSH 71 13 15 28 11 -6 30 9 4 0 2 12 0 3 111 11.7 14:43
2000-01 20 NSH 81 13 28 41 15 1 38 10 3 0 3 22 0 6 172 7.6 15:14
2001-02 21 NSH 63 11 19 30 11 1 54 9 1 1 1 16 0 3 121 9.1 16:25
2002-03 22 NSH 64 17 31 48 18 -2 34 13 3 1 4 16 0 15 167 10.2 19:14
2003-04 23 NSH 82 18 29 47 17 9 46 12 5 1 5 22 0 7 165 10.9 17:17
2005-06 25 NSH 44 7 19 26 9 3 34 7 0 0 5 11 0 8 109 6.4 16:50
2006-07 26 NSH 78 27 36 63 24 23 44 23 3 1 7 27 2 7 153 17.6 18:22
2007-08 27 NSH 65 15 29 44 16 -4 38 11 4 0 1 19 1 9 144 10.4 18:01
2008-09 28 NSH 73 20 22 42 16 -3 32 16 1 3 1 15 1 6 175 11.4 19:27
2009-10 29 NSH 82 11 27 38 13 -5 24 10 0 1 3 21 0 6 151 7.3 18:42
2010-11 30 NSH 64 17 24 41 16 13 24 15 0 2 3 20 0 4 130 13.1 18:48
2011-12 31 NSH 78 19 34 53 19 3 26 14 5 0 2 19 1 14 140 13.6 18:31
2012-13 32 NSH 48 12 13 25 10 -6 20 10 2 0 2 78 15.4 18:26
2013-14 33 NSH 17 4 10 14 5 -4 6 2 2 0 1 6 0 4 22 18.2 16:16
Career 911 204 336 540 200 23 450 161 33 10 40 226 5 92 1840 11.1 17:39
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/11/2013.

Free Agency Outlook
The second overall draft pick in 1998 by the Nashville Predators, hailing from Detroit, has proven to be an offensive asset at the highest level of hockey.  The Predators would sorely miss his assists and ability to put the puck in the net, if they did not re-sign him.  It will take a multi-year contract, possibly at the 7 or 8 year mark, to keep this centerman in Tennessee.  

Blake Kessel Traded to Orlando

The Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL have acquired defenseman Blake Kessel from the Bakersfield Condors for future considerations.   The 24 year-old Wisconsin native, and brother of NHL forward Phil Kessel, was selected in the 2007 NHL entry draft by the New York Islanders.

The former USHL defenseman of the year played in the collegiate ranks for the University of New Hampshire between 2008 and 2011.

The big blueliner spent most of last season with the Trenton Titans scoring 41 points in 54 games to lead the league among defensemen.  He also briefly appeared with the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL in seven contests last season.

The Orlando Solar Bears are affiliated with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Minnesota Wild.  

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Edmonton Trades Smid, Roy to Calgary for Horak, Brossoit; Sign Bryzgalov

The Edmonton Oilers made a trade with the Calgary Flames on Friday evening that was widely viewed as a salary cap related transaction. When the Oilers announced that they agreed to verbal terms with enigmatic and embattled goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a one year deal, contingent on the successful trade with Calgary, the cap clearing view of the swap was vindicated.

The Oilers sent defenseman Ladislav Smid and goalie prospect Olivier Roy to the Calgary Flames in the trade, getting center Roman Horak and goalie prospect Laurent Brossoit in return.

Smid, a 27 year-old defenseman originally drafted ninth overall in 2004 by the Anaheim Ducks, carries a $3.5 million cap hit through the 2016-17 NHL season according to Cap Geek.  Tabbed as a "shutdown defenseman", Smid should add strength to a Flames' squad that started hot, but dropped seven of nine recently.

The 22 year-old Horak, a center originally selected by the New York Rangers in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL entry draft, is tabbed as a "smooth skater" with "deft passing ability" who may benefit from bulking up a bit.  He has notched 7 points in 13 games with the Abbostford Heat of the AHL this season, while joining the Flames for one contest.  According to Cap Geek, Horak carries a $615,000 cap hit on a contract expiring after 2013-14.

When the trade has been completed, the Oilers will have reduced their payroll by roughly $2.8 million for this season, freeing up the room they will likely need to sign Bryzgalov, as well as make additional moves this season.



Saturday, November 2, 2013

Steve Downie Sustains Concussion in First Game Since Trade to Flyers

In his first game since being traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the Philadelphia Flyers, forward Steve Downie sustained a concussion in a contest against the Washington Capitals in Philly.  The injury occurred during a fight with Aaron Volpati in the second period, according to NHL.com.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Trade Sends Maxime Talbot to Avs and Western Conference

Max Talbot played for Pennsylvania teams exclusively in the NHL until his recent trade to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Steve Downie.  The Quebec native, who won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009 contributing 13 points in that run to the Championship, is known as a penalty-kill specialist.

According to the Denver Post, Talbot was a bit stunned by the trade, not having been dealt previously, but he seems to be excited about playing for a team that is performing as well as Colorado has been:
"Obviously, they're off to a great start and have lots of great young players. It seems like it was when I was in Pittsburgh in some ways," Talbot said. "I hope to come in and contribute and keep things going in a good way."
The 29 year-old Talbot is signed through the 2015-16 NHL season, at a cap hit of $1.75 million according to Cap Geek.   The Avalanche have plenty of cap space available as a young team, compared to most of their NHL brethren, so it is unlikely that this trade was made on the basis of salary alone.  Unless, they are trying to clear up as much cap space as possible to bring in a veteran goaltender, widely expected to be traded.

Max Talbot's Regular Season NHL Statistics (courtesy of hockey-reference.com):
Scoring Stats Goals Assists Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV SH PP S S% ATOI
2005-06 21 PIT 48 5 3 8 3 -12 59 3 0 2 1 3 0 0 45 11.1 10:58
2006-07 22 PIT 75 13 11 24 10 -2 53 9 0 4 4 10 0 1 88 14.8 13:54
2007-08 23 PIT 63 12 14 26 10 8 53 10 0 2 1 13 0 1 80 15.0 15:28
2008-09 24 PIT 75 12 10 22 9 -9 63 10 0 2 1 9 0 1 102 11.8 14:08
2009-10 25 PIT 45 2 5 7 2 -9 30 2 0 0 0 5 0 0 49 4.1 12:13
2010-11 26 PIT 82 8 13 21 8 -3 66 6 0 2 2 12 1 0 117 6.8 15:04
2011-12 27 PHI 81 19 15 34 14 5 59 16 1 2 2 13 1 1 115 16.5 15:60
2012-13 28 PHI 35 5 5 10 4 2 23 4 0 1 0 41 12.2 15:26
2013-14 29 PHI 11 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 14 7.1 15:08
Career 515 77 77 154 62 -19 408 61 1 15 11 66 2 4 651 11.8 14:21
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/1/2013.

What is odd however, is that Colorado currently ranks first overall in the penalty kill category among NHL teams.  So, are they just trying to further improve in a skill their team already excels at?  That would seem to fit the bill of head coach Patrick Roy and executive Joe Sakic.  

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