Wild trade disgruntled Cam Talbot to Ottawa Senators

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Nov 2, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot (33) defends his net against Ottawa Senators left wing Tim Stützle (18) in the third period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators have had a very busy offseason that now includes new starting goalie Cam Talbot after a one-for-one trade with the Minnesota Wild for fellow netminder Filip Gustavsson on Tuesday.

A day after trading Matt Murray to the Toronto Maple Leafs for future considerations, Sens GM Pierre Dorion made sure to get a true number one.

“Cam is experienced and provides us with greater goaltending stability heading into next season,” Dorion said in a statement. “He was instrumental in helping Minnesota reach the playoffs in each of his two seasons with the Wild. The tandem of he and Anton Forsberg sets us up nicely for the upcoming year.”

Senators acquire Cam Talbot

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Mar 21, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) congratulates goaltender Cam Talbot (33) after the game against the Vegas Golden Knights at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a bit of a tumultuous time for the Wild and Talbot after re-signing Marc-Andre Fleury to a two-year extension.

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.”

This trade now seems to solves everyones “problems” and makes Talbot a starter once again.

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.

“I’m excited about the move. They already had a good young core and they made some good moves at the draft and have the space to still make a splash the next couple days,” Talbot said. “Looking forward to joining the group and helping to lead them back to the playoffs.”

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 contributed to this article.