Johnny Gaudreau is confident the two biggest offseason moves made by the Calgary Flames has them closer to winning the Stanley Cup.
The Flames signed unrestricted free agent goalie Cam Talbot to a one-year, $2.75 million contract on July 1 and acquired forward Milan Lucic in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on July 19 for forward James Neal.
"Obviously we've been looking for a little bit of toughness on our team and Lucic brings that," Gaudreau said after playing in a Checking For Charity game at Flyers Skate Zone on Friday. "I've heard he's a great teammate and he works hard so I'm looking forward to that. Got to meet Talbot when I was in Calgary. Great person, great goaltender. I remember going into Edmonton a lot of games and not coming out with a goal or a win because he stood on his head. I'm looking forward to both of them."
Talbot, 32, went 11-17-3 with a 3.40 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in 35 games (32 starts) with the Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers last season, and is expected to split playing time with David Rittich similar to last season when Rittich split time with Mike Smith (who signed a one-year contract with the Oilers as a free agent July 1).
Lucic had 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) in 79 games last season but Gaudreau said he's confident the 6-foot-3, 231-pound forward can be a force for the Flames. Lucic, 31, led the Oilers and was seventh in the NHL last season with 259 hits. Garnet Hathaway led the Flames last season with 200.