Blackhawks: Corey Crawford could be done after 2020 in Chicago

Corey Crawford #50, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Cam Talbot, Chicago Blackhawks
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Looking around the league, Chicago has been in a pretty good spot as far as goalies have been concerned. They’ve had a Stanley Cup winner in net, and playing well, for about a decade. That’s pretty incredible.

The Calgary Flames cannot say that, but they do have an affordable, and talented goalie hitting free-agency, Cam Talbot.

At 32, Talbot is likely nearing the end of his career, but he’s no slouch. In 26 games this year he posted a save % of .919, and his career % is .915. Just to make the deal sweeter, Talbot is currently making less than 3 million/year!

Admittedly, Talbot has bounced around a lot since leaving New York, but he’s had stretches where he’s been a great goalie. There are, unfortunately, seasons where he’s been pretty mediocre and seems to fit the role of a back-up better. Then again, he’s put up incredible numbers, so the talent is undeniably there. He’s a bit of a roller-coaster and could bounce either way in the quality department.

It’s hard not to wonder how much bargaining power Talbot has when you consider his age, as well as his erratic statistics. If Bowman wanted to go out and find an alternative to Corey Crawford, then he could do worse than Cam Talbot.