Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the reason Cam Talbot missed backing up Henrik Lundqvist during the Stanley Cup Final is that he suffered a broken hand during warm-ups before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal.
…while Brooks didn’t give a time frame, you have to assume if it was a clean break Talbot should be ready to go once training camp begins in September.
…with Lundqvist playing a combined 88 games this season, I could definitely see AV leaning on Talbot a lot more at the beginning of next season. I know Lundqvist has all summer to rest-up, but that was a grueling stretch of games this spring, so if the Rangers All World goaltender wants to be fresh for another Cup run, Talbot needs to be relied on this fall.
…having said that, Talbot ($562,500 per) becomes a UFA next offseason, so if he has another strong year behind Lundqvist, he could be valuable commodity for another organization looking for goaltending depth. At age 26, Talbot’s window to become a starting goaltender is now, so I very much doubt he’d be looking to re-sign with the Rangers whose starting goaltender is signed through 2021. If the Rangers don’t want to lose him for nothing next summer, trading Talbot at the 2015 trade deadline for offensive or defensive depth might be the prudent move.