In a move announced early Saturday morning, the Flyers acquired goaltender Cam Talbot from the Edmonton Oilers for goalie Anthony Stolarz.
Talbot, who turns 32 in June, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He is considered a mentor to Flyers rookie goalie Carter Hart. The two worked out together in the Edmonton area during the summer.
“He’s a great guy. He’s the guy I called before my first start just to ask him about pregame jitters and what to expect,” Hart said the other day.
This season, Talbot has appeared in 31 games, making 29 starts. He is 10-15-3 with a 3.36 goals-against average and .893 save percentage.
When he plays for the Flyers, he will be the eighth goalie they have used this season, which will set an unwanted NHL record.
Talbot began his career with the New York Rangers and after two seasons he was acquired by the Oilers in exchange for three draft picks on June 27, 2015.
In 284 career NHL games, Talbot has a record of 137-110-24 with a 2.59 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
Talbot led the NHL in games played two straight season, with 73 in 2016-17 and 67 in 2017-18.
In 12 games this season, (10 starts) Stolarz is 4-3-3 with a 3.33 goals against average and .902 save percentage. He played in the Flyers most recent game, a 5-4 win on Tuesday in Minnesota against the Wild, making 35 saves.
Stolarz, 25, was the Flyers’ second-round selection (45th overall) in the 2012 NHL draft. In 2016, he became the first New Jersey-born goalie to play in the NHL.
In 19 career games with the Flyers (14 starts), Stolarz was 6-4-4 with a 2.86 goals against average and .911 save percentage. He was limited to four minor-league games last season because of knee surgery, but he has bounced back and played well for the Flyers recently, including a two-game stretch in which he stopped 75 of 77 shots.