Talbot and the Oilers won't negotiate an extension until after the 2018-19 season begins, Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca reports. Talbot has been a workhorse with the Oilers the last two seasons, playing 140 regular-season and 13 postseason games. However, his production was mediocre in 2018-19 with a 31-31-3 record while posting a .908 save percentage and 3.02 GAA. His shutout count fell to one after recording seven in the prior season. Still, it was a dud of a year for the Oilers overall, so it's tough to gauge Talbot's true value in Edmonton. Talbot will also turn 31 years old in July, which could make the Oilers hesitant of adding the term Talbot may desire.
Talbot finished the 2017-18 campaign with back-to-back victories as the No.1 goalie for the Oilers. Talbot notched consecutive victories over the Canucks and Golden Knights to close out the season after not being able to claim a victory in the previous five contests. The Oilers' No. 1 netminder finished the season 31-31-1 with a 3.02 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Talbot was unable to build off of his 42-win campaign in 2016-17 yet has very little competition between the pipes in Edmonton -- given the numerous opportunities, he remains a viable option across all formats for next season.
Talbot made 36 saves on 38 shots during a 3-2 shootout victory over the Canucks on Saturday. While he ended the season on a positive note, Talbot was a major disappointment -- just as his team was -- in 2017-18. After leading the league in wins and saves during 2016-17, he was first in losses and goals allowed this season. He also posted career-worsts in the save percentage (.908) and GAA (3.02) categories. Depending on what the Oilers do this offseason, though, Talbot could be a prime candidate to bounce back in 2018-19. He could be a fantasy bargain to begin next season.
Talbot made 30 saves on 33 shots in Thursday's win over the Golden Knights. Talbot is back in the win column after losing five straight games. The 30-year-old has had a very up-and-down season, posting a 30-31-3 record with a .907 save percentage. He's the clear-cut starter in the Edmonton crease and will look to bounce back in 2018-19 after failing to qualify for the playoffs this time around.
Talbot is determined to bounce back in 2018-19, the Edmonton Sun reports. While Talbot is on pace to finish 2017-18 with at least 30 wins for the second consecutive campaign, his numbers still aren't as impressive as last season (42-22-8, 2.39 GAA, .919 save percentage). "I had good years before (New York), not just this last year," Talbot said. "It's been an up-and-down year for me and it wears on you physical and mentally. It's confidence ... once you make big saves in big situations, it snowballs, and the last couple of months, I've felt more like myself." The Oilers' starting netminder's contract will be up after next season, and Talbot remains a viable option in most leagues moving forward in a contract year.
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