Cam Talbot will miss 5-7 weeks with an upper body injury, as the Ottawa Senators were forced to reshuffle their goaltending before the NHL regular season begins.
Talbot, 35, was acquired by the Senators in July from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for goalie Filip Gustavsson. He’s entering his 10th NHL season, having played 396 games with five teams.
Coach D.J. Smith told reporters last Friday that Talbot was “day-to-day” after taking a puck under his equipment in practice. The team announced on Monday that an upper body injury will keep him sidelined through the first month of the season.
The Senators have claimed Seattle Kraken goalie Magnus Hellberg on waivers to join Anton Forsberg, their starter last season, as their goalie tandem to start the season.
Since 2013-14, Hellberg, 31, has appeared in four career NHL games with the Nashville Predators, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings. He spent the last five years playing primarily in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.
Talbot’s absence is a rough start to an encouraging season in Ottawa. The Senators made waves in the NHL offseason by trading for Chicago Blackhawks star Alex DeBrincat and signing former Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, bringing them onto a roster of promising young players.