Darren Dreger was on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 on Tuesday morning.
On Peter Chiarelli mentioning on Monday that he may have a goaltender in place before the draft even starts, and if Cam Talbot is still expected to be the goaltender the Oilers land:
“Yeah, I would expect it to be Cam Talbot. In fact, I would have thought based on the information that I had gathered last Thursday that a deal could have happened as early as the weekend and it didn’t. So now it’s Tuesday and Cam Talbot is still with the New York Rangers.
“And that’s through no fault of the Edmonton Oilers, the Buffalo Sabres, the San Jose Sharks – the teams most interested in Cam Talbot. The Rangers recognize that he’s a valuable piece. He’s got another year left at 1.45. He’s proven that he can be an excellent 1A goaltender. He came in long term in place of Henrik Lundqvist last season, who had some injury issues, obviously. And he proved that it appears he’s ready to be a starter.
“He’s the focus, I’m told, of the Oilers and the Buffalo Sabres, but they still have to find a way to get a deal done. I’m not certain of what has been offered from Edmonton’s perspective. I’m told that there was a team that offered two second round picks for Cam Talbot and that didn’t close the deal.
“So Sather and Jeff Gorton and management types of the New York Rangers are still on a bit of a fishing expedition. But I still think that a deal gets done and Edmonton is absolutely near the top of the list for Talbot.”
Source: TSN 1260/ Transcript: Nichols
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