It's pretty obvious that he's not really liked here because of his former team, let's just pretend this guy would've played his first seasons in...let's say Colorado.
Everybody would be super happy to have this kind of player on our team now, even if he is overpayed by ~ $0.3m.
The first few weeks are going to be awkward but I expect Talbot to become a good player for this team.
I remember some fans questioning the lappy signing too saying he was slightly over-paid.
Philly likes to pay these guys money, because they generally play well above their salary.
The difference was that Lappy was already 35 iirc when he signed a 3 yr deal.
Talbot is only 27, so a 5 yr deal only takes him to 32. He seems like a vet but he's only a yr older than Coburn.
I think we're all going to like what he brings. He was a great clutch scorer in Jr, and he's still got the touch, although he's more of a role player now he has a decent skill level and can play with better players. Pitt doesn't win the Cup if he didn't play so well as 2RW with Malkin....
He is a great player on the 3rd/4th line. Can kill penalties and plays a tough game during the whistle. Also can take a beaten in a fight to try to get his teammates going, as you seen in the Carcillo fight.
Overall I hated him on the Pens but he has grown on me a bit. He does wait till the refs get in the way when players go after him, but when players go after his teammates he is the first there to back them up and I like that about him.
He is one of the better playoff performers at what he does.
When we signed him i was so pissed. I thought he was a redundant player on this team, a powe Jr. Thought we gave him too much money and being a former penguin I just hated him.
I WAS F"ING WRONG.
He is unbelievable. Scores huge goals and is a great teammate. I think Powe was better at the PK, but Talbot's ability to score shorties makes him a threat every time out on the ice. I can't say enough good things about him.