Coming into the season, the one thing no one was focusing on was the Rangers goaltending situation. Perennial Vezena Trophy candidate Henrik Lundqvist was the obvious starter with Marty Biron as his veteran back-up.
But then training camp began with an unexpected invite to Johan Hedberg and Biron surprisingly missing the first few days of camp due to an unspecified reason.
Once Biron returned to camp, Alain Vigneault indicated that it was an open competition for the backup position between the incumbent, the Moose and the darkhorse Cam Talbot.
Throughout the remainder of camp you'd hear little notes and quotes about the improved play of Talbot and once the Rangers cut Hedberg loose before heading to Banff to continue training camp it was a two-man race.
Biron ultimately won the competition, but his shaky play last season combined with some dreadful displays of goaltending in San Jose and St. Louis this year gave the Rangers no choice but to cut the veteran.
Would the Rangers go outside the organization for a new backup? Or stay in house? In my mind, Talbot's strong play during the preseason along with a 4-0-1 record to start the year with the Wolfpack made the decision for Rangers management easy.
And since his call-up, he's done nothing but impress with his calm demeanor and ability to make the big save when needed.
His mechanics are very strong. Not a lot of flopping around and always square to the shooter.
Here's one of his beauties during last night's 3-2 overtime win over the Red Wings on Datsyuk...
Here's Alain Vigneault on his back-up goaltender's 32-save performance in Detroit last night...