Fri Jul 01 03:02pm EDT
This was Max Talbot(notes) after his fight with Daniel Carcillo during Game 6 of the 2009 Eastern Conference quarterfinal. His shushing of the Philadelphia crowd and Penguins comeback soon after that moment made him an even bigger "superstar" in Pittsburgh than he already was.
Those memories have quickly been erased at the news that Talbot inked a five-year, $9 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers just hours after former Penguins legend Jaromir Jagr joined their hated cross-state rivals.
Talbot had rejected a three-year offer from Penguins GM Ray Shero earlier this week, which effectively ended his tenure in Pittsburgh. After rumors of his negotiating rights being on the market, the Flyers swooped in for a guy who brings versatility as someone who can play the wing or at center and can be a vital member of the penalty kill.
"It wasn't so much about money but finding the right fit for me," said Talbot during an interview on TSN where, like Jagr, he also said his heart was in Pittsburgh.
Talbot was a great presence in the Pittsburgh locker room becoming tight friends with Marc-Andre Fleury(notes) and Sidney Crosby(notes), and will forever be known as the hero in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final for scoring both Penguins goals against the Detroit Red Wings.
"I never thought I would play for another team in my life [over] the last couple of years," said Talbot.
He wanted the term, but five years was much too long for Shero's liking and both sides needed to move on with Talbot having to come to terms that his Penguins career was over.