Edmonton made a deal to bring in Rangers product Cam Talbot. Here’s what that means for Norfolk.
The situation in net is beginning to get a lot clearer throughout the Edmonton organization. With Viktor Fasth a pending UFA, the Oilers needed to find someone to complement Ben Scrivens at the top level. The Rangers’ Cam Talbot generated a lot of interest from concerned parties. While Talbot has been getting stronger each year with the Rangers, he made quite the splash in place of an injured Henrik Lundqvist. Edmonton gave up three draft picks for Talbot, who is on the books for a nice $1.45 million cap hit through the end of next year.
How does this affect the Admirals? Enough to stabilize goaltending to the point that Ty Rimmer now becomes more and more of a sure thing for #1 netminder at Scope. Right now, the Oilers have Scrivens, Talbot, Laurent Brossoit, and Eetu Laurikainen under NHL contract. This means that any of these players could play at the NHL level. Brossoit and Laurikainen are still waiver-exempt 2-ways, and could play at the NHL, AHL, or ECHL level. Rimmer is on an AHL contract, and can only play for Bakersfield or Norfolk. He spent most of last year in Bakersfield.
Laurikainen and Brossoit are the presumed favorites for Bakersfield right now. It is a one hundred percent lock that Brossoit will be in Bakersfield. Laurikainen’s spot is all but guaranteed there. He posted a .933 save percentage in the Finnish Liiga, an impressive number to be sure. A terrible showing at camp or several poor performances at the AHL level could lead to his demotion to the ECHL. I can’t see that far in to the future.
As it stands, the likely depth chart:
To Be Named Later
Norfolk hasn’t signed anyone yet. I’m sure they’re in the process, but this helps clear it up a little.