Great role player. We gave him a lot of years for a lot of money, but thats the norm for UFAs. Talbot is a pure character guy and gives 125% all the time.
there are only a hand full of guys in the league with this type of character, and in my opinion , Max is irreplaceable, i was ecstatic when we brought him on board. I will mention Jacub as well. these two guys bring it EVERY shift!!
I could have predicted he would have a lot of points this season, maybe not as many goals, but definitely higher than previously with the Penguins. The guy was pretty gifted offensively in juniors, and put in a situation like Philly where Lavvy is the coach, even Jody Shelley would notch 10 goals if he played the minutes Talbot does. Good signing, but not nearly as 'great' as many people make it out to be.
I'm glad Talbot is working well for you guys, he is a good player with great character. He will be missed as on the Pens but he couldn't turn down that kind of money.
Originally Posted by LegionofDoom627
Although the Flyers do put him in more positions to score, the Pens have to be kicking themselves that they let him walk for that salary for him to produce with their biggest rival.
Well the 1st thing you mentioned is a big part of his success, the Flyers are playing him with better players and he is taking advantage of that situation. If he was on the Pens he would be the 4th line center centering Asham and Adams, and maybe 3rd line right now with Cooke and Asham or Park.
But with the salary, he is definitely proving to be a steal for the Flyers, I first saw the signing and thought it was an overpayment considering what he's done recently for the Pens, and we tried to keep him at a reasonable cost (I think it was a 3 year, $3.9 million deal) But he wanted more years and more money and he got it and it's working well for both him and the Flyers. Pens just couldn't afford to give Talbot that because of them being so close to the salary cap, plus we had Joe Vitale waiting in the minors and he's doing pretty much everything Talbot would have done for the team.
Well, just stopped by to say that I'm glad he's a better player and helping his team, and you guys have him for what, 4 more years?
Yea its just a better move for him, more overall playing time (he leads the NHL in PK time among forwards by a wide margin), guaranteed money and tenure on a team. I didn't really see us putting Talbot on 3rd line but compared to last season he actually plays less even strength by over a minute per game. It may just be the system of run and gun and defensemen that shoot a bit more from the point as a good portion of his goals are deflections but no matter the case, for what hes being paid, his cap hit, and the fact that we don't have to deal with it for the next 4 years it is the best deal the Flyers made last offseason. I don't know if they can expect this kind of production year in and out from him as these are career numbers but just his PK ability is worth it to me.
When I thought rationally about it I was happy with that signing at the time.
That didn't stop my gut from screaming foul things.
I think he was signed for too long a time. He was coming off a few seasons with some injury problems, and plays a very taxing game. I can't see how we had to give him all those years in order for him to sign with us. Other than that though, I agree. Most players you hate on other teams, you know that you'll love them if they come play for you. With a few exceptions of course.