Ottawa Senators goalie Cam Talbot will miss five to seven weeks with an upper-body injury, the club said Monday.
TSN reported Talbot suffered a fractured rib on Sept. 24. He had been practicing through pain before an X-ray revealed the injury, per TSN.
Senators coach D.J. Smith said Saturday that Talbot was day-to-day after he “got a puck under the equipment.”
“He could probably play but there’s just no point (in the preseason),” Smith said about missing Saturday’s game against Montreal.
The Senators claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from Seattle on Monday.
Ottawa opens its season Oct. 13 at Buffalo.
The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota for fellow goalie Filip Gustavsson in July. A veteran goalie was needed after Matt Murray was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Talbot, 35, went 32-12-4 in 2021-22, his second year in Minnesota, with a .911 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average. In 396 career games (381 starts), he is 201-142-34 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average.
Anton Forsberg, 29, went 22-17-4 in 46 games (44 starts) for the Senators in 2021-22. He had a .917 save percentage and 2.82 GAA.
Hellberg, 31, has appeared in five NHL games with three teams.
–Field Level Media