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Slats Just Wanted To Help His Old Team Out

All he had to do was stop fielding Dale Tallon's calls.

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On day two of last June's draft, the Oilers made a splash by trading for then Rangers backup goalie Cam Talbot. Little did we know at the time, but Slats wanted to help some old friends out.

I had an inkling from the time the trade happened that the Rangers could've gotten a better offer for Talbot, and George Richards of the Miami Herald confirmed that.

Considering that the Oilers gave up what was essentially a 2nd and a 3rd round for Talbot, we definitely made out like gangbusters. The Rangers ended up using the 2nd to trade down into the 3rd and 4th round for RW Robin Kovacs and C Brad Morrison, respectively. The Rangers then took D Sergei Zborvskiy with the 3rd rounder acquired in the Talbot deal.

As it turns out, the deal that Dale Tallon and co. had for Talbot included Jimmy Hayes and picks. Slats turned it down, and ended up sending Talbot to Edmonton. A month before the draft, Darren Dreger reported "that there was a team that offered two second round picks for Cam Talbot and that didn’t close the deal." 

So none the less, thanks for helping us out one last time, Glen.