Cam Talbot reveals why he chose Red Wings

The veteran is the newest face in Detroit's crease.



The Detroit Red Wings were one of few National Hockey League teams last season that went through the season with a trio of goaltenders in Ville Husso, Alex Lyon and James Reimer, but fell just short of securing a playoff berth.

Reimer has since moved on, securing a one-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres. The Red Wings also brought aboard a new face, signing veteran Cam Talbot to a two-year contract. Last year with the Los Angeles Kings, Talbot racked up a record of 27-20-6 with a 2.50 goals against average, .913 save percentage and three shutouts. 

Talbot, who turns 37 this Friday and is joining his 5th NHL team since 2020, is out to prove that he can still be a starter in the best hockey League in the world. 

“That’s one of the reasons why I chose to sign here," he said. "There’s going to be competition no matter what between three or four of us. I feel healthy and good even at my age. I played 54 games last year, made an All-Star appearance. I still feel like I got a lot to give. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I wanted a two-year deal to come in and try to help a team win and compete for starts.”

Naturally, the constant moving can take a toll on a player's family, and Talbot's family knows all too well the difficulties of constant relocation. But the two-year contract was also a selling point: 

“You never really fully get used to (moving), especially with a young family now,” Talbot said. “Taking the kids out of school and moving them all the time, having to leave their friends, that’s the hardest part for me. It’s easy, the hockey part. You can kind of plug in and play. Guys always integrate you into the team.

“But it’s the family factor at this point, which, getting the second year on this deal was huge and hopefully not having to move them again next summer. At my age, you have to start thinking about that and what’s best for my family as well. My kids have been troopers, but hopefully I’ve found a spot for a couple of years, and we’ll be able to kind of settle down a little bit.”

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Source: MLive