They see me rollin'. They hatin'.
- Jul 28, 2004
The Kings will sign goalie Cam Talbot to a one-year contract, as first reported, fittingly, by NHL goalie turned multi-platform media personality Kevin Weekes. Talbot, who will turn 36 on Wednesday, will fill out a goalie tandem that already included Pheonix Copley, who went from toiling in the minors to righting the Kings' ship last season before playing sparingly in the playoffs. Exact terms of Talbot's deal were not yet disclosed, but the annual average value for both goalies will come almost certainly in under $3 million, meaning the Kings went from having one of the priciest (and least effective) netminding duos in the league last season to what will be among the very lowest expenditures for goaltending this season (with its efficacy remaining to be seen). As mentioned in SCNG's trade-deadline preview last season, when Talbot was potentially available as a member of the Ottawa Senators, Talbot played under Todd McLellan with the Edmonton Oilers.