Oilers get younger at goalie in trading Cam Talbot to Flyers

The Edmonton Oilers have traded goaltender Cam Talbot to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for fellow goalie Anthony Stolarz.

The deal comes after Talbot has been on a steady decline for a season and a half, eventually losing his job in Edmonton to Mikko Koskinen.

Talbot, 31, has a 3.36 goals-against average and .893 save percentage in 31 games this season. That comes after he had a 3.02 GAA and .908 save percentage the season before.

Those numbers are a far cry from his 2016-17 season, when his league-leading 42 wins, 2.39 GAA and .919 save percentage helped the Oilers break a decade-long playoff drought. Edmonton made it to the second round before bowing out, and with star Connor McDavid and a steady Talbot, the future looked promising.

But the Oilers missed the playoffs last season and are on the outside looking in this season.

Talbot is in the final season of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $4.167 million.When he gets a start, Talbot would help Philadelphia set an NHL record by becoming the eighth starting goalie to appear in a game this season for the Flyers.

Stolarz, 25, was in the Flyers organization for seven seasons after being a second-round pick by Philadelphia in 2012. He has appeared in 19 career NHL games with a 6-4-4 record, 2.86 GAA and .911 save percentage.
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