Cam Talbot is pushing Henrik Lundqvist harder than any backup goalie Lundqvist has ever played with. Alain Vigneault announced that Talbot will start for the second straight game on Monday night against the Winnipeg Jets. Vigneault said that Lundqvist is still the no. 1, but who knows if he is telling the truth. The New York Rangers might be headed for a big-time goalie controversy.
Vigneault has a history with goalie controversies. We all remember the Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider controversy the year Vigneault took the Vancouver Canucks to the Stanley Cup Finals.
That said, this is a lot more intriguing. Everyone knows that Lundqvist is in the last year of his contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent. Lundqvist said that he would not discuss terms for a new contract during the season. Many people are suggesting that if Lundqvist really wanted to stay in New York, he would have signed an extension already.
People must also remember that this is an Olympic year. Lundqvist will need a lot of rest as he will be the main player for team Sweden in the Olympics. Talbot has played really well, but he has only played in eight games. If he is still playing this well in February, the Rangers would be wise to start listening to trade offers for Lundqvist. They currently hold the best trade chip in the NHL.
No one really knows what Vigneault is thinking with his goalies. But you must consider Lundqvist’s contract situation. This story will gain more steam if Talbot continues his hot play and if Lundqvist doesn’t sign an extension soon.