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08:37 AM ET 01.31 | Max Talbot's two-goal game in Game 7 of a 2-1 Cup-clinching win may not be enough to keep him in Pittsburgh. It's hardly like the guy is a liability -- he's an integral part of the best penalty-killing unit in the NHL and still can provide a spark with his selfless style -- but Talbot doesn't have a point in 15 games or a goal in 24. ... Talbot is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the Penguins have several forward prospects -- guys like Dustin Jeffrey, Eric Tangradi, Nick Johnson and Tim Wallace -- on their minor league team in Wilkes-Barre who might be ready to move into NHL jobs next season. It won't hurt their chances that younger players tend to work cheaper than veterans, because it is naive to think that salary cap considerations don't influence personnel decisions.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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January 31, 2011  10:15 AM ET

Pens' Talbot may become cap casualty

Then he'll really be "Mad" Max.

January 31, 2011  10:26 AM ET

I think it would be a mistake to let Max go. He is an important part on the team, even if he is not putting up the points.

Guess who else isn't putting up the points for the money? Hmm.

Max isn't paid to put up the points. He is a fourth line center. Good PK'er, great role player, and a good leader. Pay him for just that, and if he is smart, he will stay to play for what he will get here.

January 31, 2011  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think it would be a mistake to let Max go. He is an important part on the team, even if he is not putting up the points.Guess who else isn't putting up the points for the money? Hmm. Max isn't paid to put up the points. He is a fourth line center. Good PK'er, great role player, and a good leader. Pay him for just that, and if he is smart, he will stay to play for what he will get here.

Have to agree. There's always going to be a 'Mr. October' type in the playoffs. Kirk Gibson, and Reggie Jackson always shined, as Franzen and Draper seemed to for the Wings in the playoffs, when it really counted. Gibson as a Tiger hit a World Series homer and helped clinch, then in '88, four years later, hit a game winner for the Dodgers. Then 4 years later he was a Pirates player but was dumped before the playoffs, and the Pirates went nowhere. They shouldn't get too hasty.

January 31, 2011  10:58 AM ET

Hossa has about 10 goals so far for that 7M or so he's getting, who feels screwed now :)

January 31, 2011  11:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think it would be a mistake to let Max go. He is an important part on the team, even if he is not putting up the points.Guess who else isn't putting up the points for the money? Hmm. Max isn't paid to put up the points. He is a fourth line center. Good PK'er, great role player, and a good leader. Pay him for just that, and if he is smart, he will stay to play for what he will get here.

I think Max would take a paycut to stay here. His production isn't terrible for a 4th liner, although its a little down from the beginning of the season when he was finding the back of the net more.

Max is a character guy that you need in the locker room. I think he really maximizes his potential in Bylsma's system and wouldn't perform as well on other teams. The people in Pittsburgh love him and he's more of a star here than he could be anywhere else. I think he knows this as well and will make a smart decision come signing time.

January 31, 2011  11:06 AM ET

OK everybody, on 3!

And a 1, and a 2, and a 3.....

Kill the cap!!!!!

January 31, 2011  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Hossa has about 10 goals so far for that 7M or so he's getting, who feels screwed now :)

Friggin' Hosebag...

January 31, 2011  11:16 AM ET

Hossa gets 7 mill ???? That is truly nasty-wow

LOWER THE CAP :-)

January 31, 2011  11:36 AM ET

He's won a cup, he should go get his, might be his only and last chance for some nice coin...

January 31, 2011  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I think it would be a mistake to let Max go. He is an important part on the team, even if he is not putting up the points.Guess who else isn't putting up the points for the money? Hmm. Max isn't paid to put up the points. He is a fourth line center. Good PK'er, great role player, and a good leader. Pay him for just that, and if he is smart, he will stay to play for what he will get here.

MAX!!!!

January 31, 2011  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Max is a character guy that you need in the locker room. I think he really maximizes his potential in Bylsma's system and wouldn't perform as well on other teams. The people in Pittsburgh love him and he's more of a star here than he could be anywhere else. I think he knows this as well and will make a smart decision come signing time.

I think that's a good point. There are lots of intangibles that make a guy valuable. While not an expert on the Pens (or anything else for that matter) I think he's a good guy to have around and pays a lot of dividends with character, effort and leadership. If he was on my team I sure wouldn't want to lose him.

January 31, 2011  12:29 PM ET

Deja vu all over again.

The Islanders of the early 80s used to win Cups with guys like Max who'd go through the regular season and have less than stellar stats. The fans and so-called 'experts' would say "trade 'em, give the young up and coming kids a shot" then come playoff time the old pros would raise their game, get or set up a big goal at a crucial moment and they'd win the Cup again. Money players. A team never has enough of them.

January 31, 2011  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

OK everybody, on 3!And a 1, and a 2, and a 3.....Kill the cap!!!!!

This from the guy who loves NFL football (and it's salary capped teams for the past 15 years)...

January 31, 2011  12:40 PM ET

I think they would move Godard first. There was time when this team had a designated goon spot but that has changed and Godard barely plays during the regular season and not at all in the post season. Guys like Mad Max and Craig Fing Adams are on the team for their boost in the post season. Plus Comrie will be off the books next year there is an extra .5 mil.

January 31, 2011  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Deja vu all over again.The Islanders of the early 80s used to win Cups with guys like Max who'd go through the regular season and have less than stellar stats. The fans and so-called 'experts' would say "trade 'em, give the young up and coming kids a shot" then come playoff time the old pros would raise their game, get or set up a big goal at a crucial moment and they'd win the Cup again. Money players. A team never has enough of them.

Trust me Stranger, no "real" fans want to get rid of Max. But I see Disco Boy pushing for it to get some of his AHL'ers up there to take his spot. Disco Dan loves his AHL'ers, deservingly so or not.

And Max doesn't want to go anywhere either (guessing). Who is going to pay him more than he is making with the Pens? I doubt many, and Max may not want to take it if it were with a lesser of a team.

Sign him for something reasonable. He deserves it. Durk, I think they should give Craig Adams a raise too, while they are at it. Comrie will be gone, so there is a little wiggle room.

January 31, 2011  12:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

This from the guy who loves NFL football (and it's salary capped teams for the past 15 years)...

You just tuning in?

Don't like it there either.

January 31, 2011  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

You just tuning in?Don't like it there either.

Yet we know where you'll be every Sunday during the season...Funny how that works.

January 31, 2011  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Yet we know where you'll be every Sunday during the season...Funny how that works.

Not quite sure what you mean?

I still watch hockey too.

It is possible to have issues yet still watch, right?

January 31, 2011  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Not quite sure what you mean?I still watch hockey too.It is possible to have issues yet still watch, right?

Nope...You must be anxious for baseball season to start...Huge Yanks fan, right?

 
January 31, 2011  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Nope...You must be anxious for baseball season to start...Huge Yanks fan, right?

Baseball? You really haven't been paying attention have you.

Do not do baseball. Not even a little bit.

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