Alain Vigneault said over the weekend that he considers Talbot to be in the mix for the back up goalie job.
Earlier in the week, Vigneault said that Benoit Allaire has told him that Talbot has progressed quite a bit over the past few seasons and that he has the technique and mental ability to be an NHL goalie.
He adds that the determination of whether Talbot would be best served helping the Rangers this season or in the future is something that will sort itself out.
Talbot said that he is just grateful for the opportunity to make his case to be the back up.
Following the game against the Devils, Talbot said “I feel after last year and being a number one in the AHL I played well and could maybe fight for a job with the Rangers. They are giving me the opportunity and I am trying to impress them in any way that I can. Hopefully I can take it and run with it and if it doesn’t work out now maybe I can set myself up for the future.”
Against the Flyers, Talbot stopped 10 of 12 shots in 28:38. Vigneault said last night that Talbot made a huge save on Jakub Voracek late in the third last night that that kept the Rangers in the lead and was able to secure the victory.
Talbot is signed through next season and his contract turns into a one-way deal next year.
Adam Rotter: Talbot, with strong play in the preseason, is in the process of confirming that he can be the back up goalie to Henrik Lundqvist starting next season. Marty Biron is a free agent at the end of the year and the one-way contract for Talbot indicates that the organization sees him in that role for next season. Another full season as the starter in Hartford will be good for him and then he can assume his new role next season.