Ottawa Senators Rumors: 3 Best Fits For Cam Talbot

The Senators may have to move on from their starting goaltender before the trade deadline this season as it appears as though the two sides aren't close on an extension and there is a risk of losing him for nothing in free agency. Andy Strickland reported that Cam Talbot recently turned down an extension offer from the Senators. The two sides were previously reported to be working on a deal to keep him around.

Since there is no extension in place and the Senators are five points out of a playoff spot with five teams to jump to get in, they may be selling some of their players. Talbot is one who will fetch a good price this season for teams that are in need of goaltending help, and there are a few teams like that. Potential fits include the Vegas Golden Knights, Buffalo Sabres, and Los Angeles Kings.

The Golden Knights hold the top spot in the Western Conference, but are without their starter, Logan Thompson, for some time. Their division is very close and they could slip into a wildcard spot in the span of a week. In order to stay the top team in the west, they must utilize their cap space recently freed up by placing Mark Stone ($9.5 million) on the LTIR. Talbot ($3.667 million) with some cap retained, could be part of what the Golden Knights add this season.

The Sabres are one point out of a playoff spot with one game in hand. They have had no trouble scoring goals this season, but their trouble lies in net. They have used three goalies, but none are a legitimate starter and there's no clear playoff starter if they do get into the postseason. This makes a lot of sense that they are interested in Talbot as he has lots of playoff experience and is an actual starter. One of the goaltenders would have to head back to Ottawa. The most likely choice is Eric Comrie.

The question surrounding the Kings all season is if they would be able to get the goaltending that would allow them to compete this season. It is still no sure thing that they will be a playoff team, but their saviour this season has been Pheonix Copley who has a record of 17-4-2 despite his .902 SV%. The Kings already sent Cal Petersen down to the AHL earlier in the season and Jonathan Quick hasn't played much better. Talbot could be a real target to help the team out heading down the stretch.

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