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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