Talbot Likely Out for Game 1

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Cam Talbot (undisclosed injury) did not participate in this morning’s optional team skate and will likely not serve as Henrik Lundqvist’s backup tonight.

David LeNeveu is expected to fill-in for Talbot.

Here’s the 31-year old journeyman’s thoughts on dressing for a Stanley Cup Final game…

“Coming into this year, I was just worried about getting a job and being here now, every kid dreams of (getting) this opportunity and here we are and, hopefully, we’ll take advantage of it,” LeNeveu said. “It’s huge. That would be a huge opportunity just to be there to support the guys and I’ll do whatever I need to do to help the team win.

“It’s been a crazy year actually coming from sitting out to signing with an (ECHL) team and getting called up and signing with Hartford and coming back up with the Rangers and signing an NHL deal with these guys and playing out the end of the year,” LeNeveu added. “It’s been a crazy year, but it’s been a testament just to sticking with the program, believing in yourself and good things happen.”

LeNeveu has played 22 NHL games for the Coyotes and Blue Jackets.

Another Wolfpack goaltender, Jason Missiaen, faced shots from John Moore, J.T. Miller, Jesper Fast and Justin Falk during the optional skate.

…wow, I wonder what the hell happened to Talbot? Have to think the injury either occurred as the result of coming off the bench cold in Game 5 or possibly he “slipped on some ice” ala Brian Leetch after the post Game 6 celebration out on the town last Thursday. 

…can’t even imagine what’s going through LeNeveu’s head right now. Let’s just hope he doesn’t have to get out of that nice comfy seat at the end of the bench tonight.


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