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Cam Talbot will step in as new Wild goaltender

By Sarah McLellan, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Hockey

The Wild are used to being on a player's revival tour, but typically the team is part of the opening act instead of the grand finale.

Not this time.

After losing his job as a starting goaltender in the NHL and then bouncing back last season to become Calgary's playoff MVP, Cam Talbot earned a three-year, $11 million contract from the Wild on Friday to be its next No. 1 in net.

"I just want to reward that confidence, and I'm looking forward to that challenge," Talbot said.

Securing a goalie was the team's top priority after it traded away longtime starter Devan Dubnyk, who established himself as an All-Star after the Wild obtained him in 2015, earlier in the week.

While it's possible general manager Bill Guerin continues to monitor the trade market before next season starts, Talbot's acquisition essentially capped off the Wild's roster makeover.

 

He joins Marcus Johansson, Nick Bjugstad and Nick Bonino, who have replaced Mikko Koivu, Dubnyk, Luke Kunin and Eric Staal, who also rejuvenated his career in Minnesota.

"We are comfortable with where we are," Guerin said. "The last couple of weeks have been very productive. We have been working really hard leading up to the draft, and I thought we had a successful draft. I think we had a successful free agency and ... we checked a lot of boxes. I like the way we stand right now."

Despite being the last of those new faces to settle in, Talbot is among the most important.

An undrafted goalie out of Alabama-Huntsville, the 33-year-old Ontario native broke into the NHL with the Rangers as Henrik Lundqvist's backup in 2013.

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