Flyers Sign Talbot to 5-Year, $9 Million Deal

By David Strehle
ot Stove Creative Editor

Philadelphia Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren continued his free agent signing of former-Pittsburgh Penguins by inking UFA Maxime Talbot to a five-year, $9 million contract.

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The 27-year-old centerman has spent his entire pro career in the Penguins’ organization, with the high point being when he won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2009.

Yeah, I guess it is,” Talbot said in an interview with TSN.  “But I think it was the right thing for me to do.  Meaning it was the best team, in my opinion, that I could go to.”

At 5′ 11″, 185 pounds, Talbot has scored 52 goals and recorded 108 points in 388 NHL games.

He is good in the faceoff circle, winning 48.6% of the draws he took in 82 games last season.  He scored eight goals and picked up 21 points, while recording a -3 rating.

It’s a great team and that was definitely a big part of my decision,” he said via conference call this afternoon.  ”I wanted to go to a team that had a chance to win a championship this year, and maybe more than one, because you look at the youth and the moves they made lately with the new goalie (Ilya Bryzgalov) and everything.  I’m really excited to join the Flyers.”

Talbot is probably best remembered in Philadelphia for his fight with Dan Carcillo in the 2008 playoffs, turning the momentum around from a 3-0 Flyers’ lead into an eventual 5-4 Pens’ victory on the way to a Pittsburgh series win.

It was not only about the money, it was about trying to find the right fit for me.”

Flyers’ fans are hoping Talbot is the right fit for the team.

After todays signing of UFAs Jaromir Jagr and Andreas Lilja, and RFA Jakub Voracek, Holmgren has less than $1 million with which to sign the club’s remaining free agent, forward Wayne Simmonds.  Lilja’s contract, which terms were not released, is not even figured into that number.

It would appear that another deal may be on the way.

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