RALEIGH, N.C. - Cam Talbot is 27. So if he's going to become a No. 1 goaltender in the NHL, heading into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent might have helped.
But Talbot gave up the chance to test the market for now when he agreed with the Rangers on Friday to a one-year, $1.45-million contract extension to continue backing up Henrik Lundqvist next season.
"That's always on your mind," Talbot said Saturday before the Rangers faced the Hurricanes. "Every goalie wants to have a chance to compete for a starting job at some point. I think this makes sense for both sides, another year for me to continue to improve to work with Benny . It's such a short amount of games I've played so far. This gives me another chance to play a few more games here and to be able to improve and hopefully at some point compete for a starting job."
Talbot, who might start Sunday night in the Rangers' rematch with Carolina at the Garden, has played in 28 games since joining the Rangers last season. He has a .936 save percentage.
"I look at it as only my second year in the league," Talbot said. "I haven't really been able to play that many games where maybe I can go out there and a team would even look at me as a starter. I might go to market and I might get the same opportunity somewhere else. To be able to play in this organization and play for Benny and work with him for another year, that's really all I was thinking about. It's a great situation for me."
Brassard is back
Center Derick Brassard, who missed two games with mumps, returned to the lineup.