Dreger on Talbot trade market

Oilers fans may not be emotionally ready to see their team execute another trade, but at least one more deal should be coming before February 25.

Darren Dreger had a Thursday morning radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690.

As part of a longer conversation on the trade scene, he mentioned this Oilers-related nugget:

“You’ve got Cam Talbot from the Edmonton Oilers who’s in play, obviously, given the Koskinen contract extension,” noted Dreger as part of a discussion on the Detroit Red Wings and the overall NHL goalie market. “My information as of yesterday was that things are starting to heat up in Edmonton around Talbot. I wouldn’t say a deal is imminent, but the interest is developing.”

Talbot is in the final season of a three-year, $12.5 million contract, which includes a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix 10 teams.

Dreger had an appearance on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 a short time later Thursday morning, and Talbot was discussed more there.

“Talbot is going to fetch something that matters in return,” indicated Dreger. “But it’s not going to be a top-six forward. So what’s it likely going to be. Is it a young NHL roster player and a pick. Is it a better pick and a prospect. I don’t know what the Oilers are looking for Talbot. What I know is that the interest is developing around Cam Talbot.”

A little later on in the conversation, Dreger added, “I’d be surprised if Cam Talbot is with the Oilers after February 25. And I feel like somebody is going to make it interesting and make that group - Keith Gretzky, Bob Nicholson, whoever else is providing influence, obviously Ken Hitchcock - stop and think. Because you’re right, it is about creating cap space.”

Dreger noted that it’s a matter of figuring out what the goalie trade market is like around the league at this point.

“We’ve got to figure out how strong the market is,” continued the Insider. “There’s a difference between tire-kickers and teams that are willing to give up some assets to acquire a player, and I think that’s what Gretzky and company are trying to figure out now.”

Contract-related info via CapFriendly