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Senators acquire goalie Cam Talbot from Wild for Filip Gustavsson

Apr 21, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot (33) defends during the first period against the Vancouver Canucks at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Ottawa Senators straight-up for fellow goalie Filip Gustavsson on Tuesday.

Talbot seemed to want out of Minnesota after the Wild re-signed goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on a two-year deal last week. Talbot’s agent, George Bazos, told reporters that in a meeting with Wild general manager Bill Guerin, they “both stated (their) positions” and “Billy has a lot to think about.”

At the time, Guerin fired back by saying, “I don’t have (expletive) to do. Cam Talbot’s under contract. George can say whatever the hell he wants. My team’s set right now, and that’s the way it goes.”

Now, rather than split time in net with Fleury, Talbot will head to an organization that needed a veteran goalie after dealing Matt Murray to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

Talbot, 35, went 32-12-4 in 2021-22, his second year in Minnesota, with a .911 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average.

The Senators will be his sixth NHL team following stints with the New York Rangers (2013-15), Edmonton Oilers (2015-19), Philadelphia Flyers (2019), Calgary Flames (2019-20) and Wild. In 396 career games (381 starts), he is 201-142-34 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average.

Gustavsson, 24, saw action in 27 games over two years with the Senators, starting 23. He is 10-13-3 with a .905 save percentage and a 3.12 goals-against average for his career.

–Field Level Media