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LATEST | Veteran netminder will hit free agency and he'd be perfect for the Canucks' backup job

Published April 10, 2023 at 2:20 PM
BY FELIP GOSSELIN

The Canucks had issues with their goaltending this year when Thatcher Demko got injured. Collin Delia and Spencer Martin faced the music, but they couldn't get it done.

The Canucks have announced their play of being back in playoff contention by next year. In order to achieve their goals they surely have issues to fix still. Unless they plan on giving more responsibilities to the newly signed NCAA defensemen, they must add on the back end. A third-line centerman surely represents an urgent matter, since Aatu Raty is nowhere near that point in his development.

A quality backup for Thatcher Demko is also an issue that needs to be addressed. Recent reports from different insiders have confirmed that a perfect candidate will be available when free-agency.

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Cam Talbot, who'll be turning 36 over the summer, showed with the Sens that he still has gas in the tank. Talbot had most recently been carrying the number one duties, but his best play came when he was paired up with another top-end netminder. He was part of a brilliant tandem with Marc-Andre Fleury, he shared duties with David Rittich as well back in his Flames' days and could be an excellent candidate to take some load off of Demko.

Talbot will be hitting the market this summer, he's 6'4'' and just under 200 pounds. He's been in the NHL for 10 seasons and counting and has started in 432 games showing a 218-156-36 record, 2.34 goals against average, and a 0.912 save percentage.
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LATEST | Veteran netminder will hit free agency and he'd be perfect for the Canucks' backup job

Should the Canucks go after Talbot for the backup job?

Yes13123.4 %
No, Delia is ok17431.1 %
Bring up Silovs21438.3 %
No need for a backup, put Demko in for all 82 game407.2 %
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