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Nichols’ Notes: Talbot Chose Rangers Over Flyers

Nichols’ Notes: Talbot Chose Rangers Over Flyers
Chris Nichols

Cam Talbot has clearly been on a fantastic run for the New York Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist sidelined.

During  a Q&A worth checking out, he explains why he chose to sign with the New York Rangers in the first place.

“There was only two, maybe three teams that had contacted me out there, so I didn’t really have a whole lot of options between New York, Philadelphia and maybe Columbus, but I think they might have dropped out at the end. Basically what it came down to was Benoit Allaire. He’s got an unbelievable reputation as most people know, or kinda call him the goalie guru, so I figured who better to learn from coming out of college than one of the best goalie coaches?”

Source: Serby/ Post


It’s tough not be addicted to checking the NHL standings nightly as a fan, but how about for player and coaches? How often do they look?

“Every day. And if they say they’re not, they’re lying,” said Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz.

“It sucks you in. You have to. You want to know. We come in after a game, what’s the scores, you check your phone, you watch hockey night in Canada, you’re looking for stuff. It’s a great time of the year. It’s a great time to be a player, a great time to be a fan, a great time to be a coach. Not only in our sport but there’s a number of different sports that are going pretty good right now.

“It gets fun this time of year …What it does, it’s hard, but it makes you harder, and it makes you ready for the playoffs if you get there. A lot of teams that maybe had a little bit of breathing room, they don’t want to play teams that had to fight their way in, because they were always in playoff mode for a while and that’s the great thing.”

Source: Prewitt/ Post


GM Chuck Fletcher has said on numerous occasions that Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild will leave the contract talks until the season is over.

It certainly seems like both sides will be extremely interested in working out a deal, and the goaltender certainly would love to stay with the team that sought him out via trade.

“You can make a long list as to why, and there’s not any why-nots,” Dubnyk said. “It’s been so much fun and the way the guys, organization, fans and city have treated me, this is where I want to be.

“It’s a really good group, a well-rounded group from the older guys right down to the young guys. There’s no reason why anybody wouldn’t want to be a part of it, so I’m hoping that’s the case.”

Source: Russo/ Star Tribune


It’ll be three years this summer since Wild owner Craig Leipold sunk $196 million in Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

“It’s paid off in so many, many ways, with team leadership, team results, the direction we’ve gone in,” Leipold said. “Financially, with the commitment we’ve made, and the way the fans have reacted to that commitment, it’s just changed the focus of our franchise.”

Source: Walters/ Pioneer Press


Tom Sestito is still being paid to not play with the either the Vancouver Canucks or its AHL affiliate.

As part of a lengthy look in this article at the virtual extinction of the fighter role in the NHL, Sestito also references how he complained to the local press about not playing for two months in Vancouver.

“I kind of went off the deep-end with the media,” Sestito admitted. “I voiced my displeasure through the media and I don’t think I should have done that. At the time I thought it was the right play. Things couldn’t get any worse. But now I’m here.”

He later added: “I want to get back because I want to show a lot of people what I can do,” he said, smiling. “I want to play Vancouver, like really bad. All the management, coaches – I want to stick it to those guys.”

Source: White/ Globe and Mail


Mike Babcock knows as well as anyone the value of patience with developing young players.

“Doesn’t matter how good you are, it takes a long time to become what you’re projected to be,” Babcock said, asked about how Victor Hedman put all of the elements of his game together last season, his fifth year in the league. “I think that’s a message for all of us. Sometimes we get a little impatient with our kids. Unless you’re a super-superstar, it takes you a while in this league to be good. Just goes to show you how tough the league is. Obviously Hedman is a good player.”

Source: Smith/ Times


Despite the difficult season through which the Arizona Coyotes have struggled, captain Shane Doan still cherishes every moment as best he can.

He knows the ticking on the career clock is growing louder.

“You just stay focused on your job. You only get so many NHL games in your career. The way you play each one dictates how many more you’re going to get. So you better take care of them,” Doan said. “If you get caught up in worrying about what’s going on, you kind of miss the opportunity. So you better enjoy it because it’s pretty special, and when it’s gone, you can’t get those games back.”

Source: Pinchevsky/ ESPN


Boone Jenner was back in the lineup for the Columbus Blue Jackets after missing half the season with a stress fracture in his back.

Impressions from the first game, coach?

“It wasn’t surprising that he worked really hard,” Todd Richards said. “At one point, I turned to the coaches and said, ‘Boone is working tonight.’ They looked at me like, ‘Well, what do you expect? That’s just what he is.’

“There’s still some rust in his timing and those things, executing systematic play. But one thing you can count on with Boone is he drives the team just by how he works and battles and competes.”

Source: Portzline/ Dispatch


Matt Dumba – what’s the origin story of that hard shot?

“I think just growing up, I watched Iginla for so many years in Calgary, with that one-timer, just leaning on it,” he said. “I use the same type of curve almost. It’s just one of those things where I worked on it so much, shooting pucks in the backyard rink. It’s one of my niches, and I’ve just gone with it.”

Source: Rand/ Star Tribune


How has Alex Pietrangelo’s game progressed of late for the St. Louis Blues?

“Better, he’s had a good last month or so, very good,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He’s back on schedule, it’s nice to see. I just think his puck decisions, his decisions under pressure, he’s really starting to improve. He’s more alert at making the first option. I don’t think he’s second-guessing himself. I don’t think he’s double-clutching. It’s really making him effective, and we need it without (Kevin Shattenkirk).”

Source: Rutherford/ Post-Dispatch

Nichols’ Notes
Chris Nichols

Chris has written about both hockey and fantasy hockey for a number of media outlets over the last 14 years, including a combined decade with and He launched in February of 2014. An aversion to wearing socks sparked a move from his hometown of Edmonton to San Diego, California in the mid-’90s, and the Oilers have not won a Cup in his absence.

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