The Ottawa Senators announced today that goaltender Cam Talbot is injured. Unfortunately, he is expected to miss five to seven weeks with an upper-body injury. Darren Dreger reports that the injury is a cracked rib that came last week. However, they didn’t believe it was anything serious until X-Rays were done and showed it was more than a bruise. Additionally, they have claimed Magnus Hellberg off of waivers from the Seattle Kraken. The Ottawa Senators goalie duo to start the year may now be Anton Forsberg and Hellberg.
G Cam Talbot will be out of the team’s lineup for five to seven weeks with an upper body injury.
— Sens Communications (@Media_Sens) October 3, 2022
Cam Talbot, believed to have suffered a fractured rib last Saturday. Practised through pain all week before X-ray determined injury. Depending on healing process, he could be out as little as 3-4 weeks.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) October 3, 2022
Ottawa Senators Goalie Hurt
The loss of Talbot is a tough one for Ottawa. He was brought in to support Forsberg in his first year as a full-time starter. The two were expected to split games pretty evenly. However, the starter’s job will now be Forsberg’s to start with. Still, no one wants to see a player hurt before he can even start playing.
To replace Talbot, for now, the Sens have claimed Magnus Hellberg off of waivers. Hellberg was a second-round pick back in 2011 and never found his way into the league. He has played just five games for three different teams and has spent most of his career in the AHL and KHL. His KHL numbers over the last five seasons have been very strong, but three of those years were on a very good SKA St Petersburg team. The 31-year-old will likely get a shot with Ottawa to prove why he was drafted so high all those years ago.
Tough Start To Bright Year
Overall, this news is a tough start to a hyped season for Ottawa. While it shouldn’t derail their team, Forsberg will really be tested. Hopefully, the recovery for Talbot goes well and he can return after five to seven weeks and be a solid contributor to this team.
In the meantime, Ottawa will look to avoid starts like their past two seasons. And whoever is the Ottawa Senators goalie will have a massive role in that.