The Flyers are running Cam Talbot into the ground.
The 31-year-old netminder’s attorney, Steve Hartnell, confirmed exclusively to Broad Street Hockey that Talbot will sue the Flyers for overtime pay and that a workers compensation claim will also be filed on behalf of his client.
Talbot has played in three of the Flyers’ 21 games since being acquired by the Flyers on Feb. 15 for fellow goaltender Anthony Stolarz. The veteran has claimed that playing in 150 minutes of the Flyers’ some 1,260-plus minutes (Less than .12%) during that span has left the goaltender physically exhausted.
But not only has Talbot felt the pain physically, but the netminder has also felt immense mental stress during the 48 days he’s spent with the Flyers organization. His attorney has cited the relationship with 20-year-old Carter Hart as much of Talbot’s stress and mental anguish of late.
Talbot declined to comment for this story, citing the emotional stress during this difficult time, but his attorney was able to provided great detail of the netminder’s plight.
Talbot, who has started just two games in Orange and Black, owns a ghastly .895 save percentage to go along with a 3.32 goals-against average in 34 games this season with the Oilers and Flyers.
Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher traded for Talbot in part because of the goalie’s previous relationship with the Flyers rookie phenom, but Talbot’s attorney claims that the fame and notoriety has gone to Hart’s head in a short period of time.
“Carter Hart is a bully,” Hartnell told BSH. “People don’t realize that he’s made Cam his personal whipping boy since he got off the tarmac in February. We were excited to come here, but we learned quickly that Carter isn’t the same guy who Cam trained with and helped out so much last summer.”
From chiding the veteran’s full name —which is Camuel— to eliminating him in team-wide Fortnite battles before anyone else on purpose, Talbot has been living in a personal hell with Hart since arriving in Philadelphia in mid-February.
Hart declined to comment on this story as he was reached while attending a Fortnite support group for Flyers prospect German Rubstov.
The situation paints a very different picture of Hart than that of the boyish savior of Flyers hockey in the last few months: far different than the charitable, approachable, and affable 20-year-old who has literally done nothing wrong in the eyes of Flyers fans in that time.
And while the Flyers clearly have some issues behind closed doors, they’re staring down a lawsuit that Talbot’s attorney calls a “It’s a slam dunk, like the kind of dunking that Carter has been doing on Cam all along.”
Apparently it’s not always sunny in the crease of Philadelphia.
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