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AV to Stick With 20-Game Workload for Talbot

In my recap of the Rangers 4-2 victory in Columbus last night, I suggested that Alain Vigneault might want to increase the workload of Cam Talbot from the 20 games he mentioned before the season to at least 25. However, after the back-up netminder's fourth straight solid game to start his NHL career, the Rangers head coach reiterated the preferred workload to Larry Brooks at the New York Post

“This is his first opportunity at this level and on this stage. He’s done well and now he needs to continue to do real well. We have 13 of these back-to-backs and a few other situations where we play a lot of games in a short period of time. I have said that I want to be able to give the back-up anywhere from 15-to-22 games, so that Henrik [Lundqvist] is in that 60-something range. I haven’t changed my mind on that.”

…right now, I'm in no position to criticize Vigneault on anything as he's pushing all the right buttons, but, if Talbot can continue this impressive play, I would hope he might reconsider his position. We've all seen Lundqvist breakdown in the playoffs multiple times due to carrying the team the entire season, so the less workload for Lundqvist the better. And don't forget this is an Olympic year as well, so Lundqvist's workload will be that much more intense.

…i continue to marvel at the calmness of Talbot. Kid doesn't get rattled. I have to assume because he's a bit older (26), he's mentally stronger than the normal rookie coming into the league. His game is very calm as well. Very sound positionally without unnecessary movements. As a goaltender, once you start flopping around, you're in trouble. Very rarely do you see that from him.

His most clutch save last night was this left leg beauty on Blake Comeau with less than five minutes remaining and the Rangers clutching to a one goal lead…

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