Alain Vigneault’s Confidence in Cam Talbot Paying Dividends for New York Rangers

November 24th, 2013 by Tom Urtz Jr. Leave a reply »

On October 15, Alain Vigneault shocked the world when he announced at a press conference that Martin Biron was being demoted, and Cam Talbot was tapped to be the New York Rangers' new backup netminder. It was a surprising move considering how important Biron was in the dressing room, but the ballsy decision has paid huge dividends for the Rangers.

Vigneault's confidence in Talbot has been evident early on, and it looks like the Rangers have a potential successor for Henrik Lundqvist. If nothing else, Vigneault's trust in Talbot has added a youthful netminder who can be counted on for more starts than the aging and newly retired Biron.

On Saturday night, Talbot extended his shutout streak to 146:28 with a 2-0 victory over the Nashville Predators. It was the 26-year-old's second straight shutout; he previously blanked the Montreal Canadiens 1-0 at the Bell Centre.

With the win in the Music City, Talbot improved to 5-1-0 on the year. His goals-against average (GAA) dropped to 1.32, while his save percentage jumped to .949. Saturday's start was business as usual for Talbot, and it was another start in which he remained calm, c ...

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