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Talbot drops F-bomb-laced rant about goaltender interference

Cam Talbot let loose on the NHL about what is and is not considered goalie interference to Edmonton Sun reporter Rob Tychkowski in an all-time post game rant. TL;DR – He’s going to have to put a few quarters in the swear jar.

In the third period of today’s game against the Coyotes, Patty Maroon beat Raanta to temporarily tie the game up at one apiece with 8:52 left to go. Unfortunately, the late comeback was too good to be true. As we’ve come to expect with almost every Oilers goal, the Coyotes went with the coach’s challenge and had the call go their way, as per tradition. That disallowed goal meant that the Coyotes were able to hang onto their one-goal lead and ultimately close out the game with two points.

After the game, Cam Talbot let loose:

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“There’s no consistency and I’m f**king sick of it. It’s f**king ridiculous. You can quote me, they can fine me, I don’t give a f**k anymore.”

Considering the Oilers are now 0-18 in challenges going against them over the past year+ it’s no surprise that someone finally went off about it. Actually, the Coyotes’ only goal from today’s game was remarkably similar to what happened with Pat Maroon’s disallowed goal though Todd McLellan never challenged. In hindsight, he probably should have thrown the flag considering any contact seems worthy of a review these days, and you never know which way the NHL will go. That said, the Oilers seem to be blacklisted from having these calls go their way and so maybe it wasn’t worth risking a penalty.

As for Talbot, I assume he’s going to get a fine for calling it like it is and it will be incredibly soft. The fact that he’ll have to open his wallet for blasting the league for this is a joke, and it will be interesting to see how they react to his comments. I mean, how dare he question one of the NHL’s biggest guessing games? Question the thrown? How dare you. The inconsistencies in what is and is not goaltender interference swings wildly from game to game, and I applaud Talbot for speaking out against it. Even though there is no black and white answer here, the NHL still fails to call things consistently as their standards seem to be all over the place and it’s nice to see a player say what so many fans are thinking.

***UPDATE**** Here’s the audio from the man himself. 

On the Maroon goal, the league gave their side here:

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL hockey operations staff, the referee determined that Maroon interfered with Raanta before the puck crossed the goal line. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the referee, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto video room, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to ‘interference on the goalkeeper,’ as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.

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To me, the goal reviews are getting completely out of hand and are cancelling out goals that should count. I mean, how many times have we seen controversial calls this year? What is the NHL going to do when these controversial calls keep happening in the playoffs, ruining more games after a five minute frame-by-frame reviews that they’ll probably weird decisions on anyway. I understand that the point of these goal reviews is to make sure that the call on the ice is right, but what’s actually happening is that it’s slowing the game down to the point of being annoying. At the very least, goal reviews should not be viewed in slow-motion but rather at real time speed as to avoid confirmation bias.

Considering how the season is going, and how goals have been so difficult to come by for an Oilers team that is struggling immensely, it’s not exactly surprising that Cam Talbot finally snapped and I appreciate the showing of emotion. At this point, I don’t know why coaches wouldn’t review any goal that has some kind of contact in the crease. To take that a step further, if I was an NHL goalie I would completely yardsale in the crease anytime someone touched me. Why not turn this thing into an Italian soccer league if the league is going to allow incidental contact to knock countless goals off the board?

  • Ted

    I’m sorry Deadbot but this rant should have happened during the playoffs against Kesler and the Ducks … No one cares about a rant from a last place goalie losing to the worst place team in the league! Just zip it and stop pucks, especially the first shot ones thank you!!!!

  • Kneedroptalbot

    Really Cam, you play your best game in 3 months, 0.969 sv% (good job). You are the farthest player on either team away from the other net and you complain about a call that was made correctly (1. he was in the crease, 2. he 3. contacted the goaltender, it effected his ability to make the save). Come on man…


    Here’s my F-Bomb laced rant…
    F Cam Talbot
    F first shot first goals
    F Oilers
    F it all
    There, now no one feels good and nothing has changed.
    Prepare for your job better than you do.

  • McDavid's Comet

    I understand his frustration; wasn’t this very same play deemed a good goal against the Oilers when they last played Colorado? Every referee has a different take on the rule’s interpretation and that needs to be addressed.

  • crobar

    Quit crying and stop the puck for a change…… you pile on. This clown is nearly the worst #1 goalie in the league. Two weeks ago he said they would make the playoffs. Duh? Know your role and shut your mouth. Talbot is THE BIGGEST reason the team is in this spot.

    • OILfaninVANcouver

      Talbot is the biggest reason we’re in this spot? Thats an odd approach. Here I thought it was the fact that we have just three players with more than 30 points, horrid special teams, and a GM who likes to gamble his assets.

      Chairelli has cleaned out the asset pool to make the team worse. That’s why the team is where it is. We traded Eberle for Strome because we have a 6 million dollar bottom 6 forward named Milan Lucic. Ouch.

      • Ted

        One game two thirds of the way through the season does not give him kudos! Has given up the first goal on an alarming rate …. The team is always behind! When was the last time he actually won us a game! He needs to be much better not below average at best! I’m on the play Brossoit campaign till the end of the season! Talbot has had his chance time for a change!!!!

  • NickL89

    “Italian soccer league” is right. It takes the integrity out of the game but if everyone else is embellishing any contact, we’d be hurting ourselves not to. So frustrating to watch.

  • Heschultzhescores

    On the other hand it’s pretty sad when a team can’t overcome the first shot on the net. The good thing about an early goal is there’s still 59 minutes to do something about it other than quit.

  • slats-west

    You have to feel for Talbot. A frustrating season for a guy who constantly gets screwed by goalie interference – the Kesler goal was one of the worst examples ever. Tonight was just another. Touch the blocker no goal… pile drive the goalie good goal???? Wtf. NHL you’re a joke you’re becoming the NFL for “a catch”. I would give all the power to refs on ice and no review. If he starts a crowd fund for his fine out me down for $20 if i get to add some more F-bombs!

  • RIP

    Seriously talbot complaining that the play should have been a good goal. Clearly that one is interference and regardless 1 call does not lose a game, rather lacklustre brutally managed and coached games from literally the worst NHL club in Cap era history loses a game. Wake up and direct those F bombs at yourself and the team. Sad excuse for a team.

    • Mel Kozun

      Clearly you don’t understand the rule: 69.1(2) … an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease. Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed ..

      Key words here are “intentional or deliberate”. On the Strome/McDavid OT disallowed goal, or the Maroon goal vs Coyotes – this requirement was not met!! Neither of these actions were intentional or deliberate – they WERE incidental!

      • oilerjed

        No he didnt hold talbot down but he did, very clear for everyone to see, grab Talbots pad with his hand and pull his legs apart. Guess where the puck went through. 5 hole..

        Not that it matters anymore but it was still a horrible call then as many of the 0-18 calls against the Oilers have been up to last nights game.

  • Oilman99

    Glad to see somebody finally speak up about the goalie interference. Too bad it had to be Cam, the management needs to speak up . Obvious interference on the Yote goal, and they don’t even ask for a revue,very frustrating. Kneedrop is an idiot.

    • jultz=2cups!??

      Thank you. I was starting to think I was the only one who thinks that about that guy. And I agree. Coach McClellan or chia should’ve been the ones to say something. I hope Katz will at least pay his fine.

  • CMG30

    The stated goal of the reviews is to make sure we have the right call on the ice… well before that can happen we need an objective standard of what is and is not goaltender interference. As long as there is no set standard reviews are worse than pointless, the inconsistency is damaging the integrity of the game.

  • Flint

    Pot meet Talbot. Makes saves more consistently. Worry about doing you job, not the refs.
    And btw Cam, by the rules, that is clearly no goal. I don’t know how many times it has to be said. You can’t enter the crease (unless you’re obviously pushed in) and make ANY contact with the goalie.
    Was Maroon in the crease? Yes. Did he touch Raanta? Yes. Was he pushed in? No. = No goal.

    • Silkymits

      Maroon is pushed in to the crease and the contact with the blocker is in the white paint so you argument is invalid
      What Talbot is saying is he can be run over and held when we challenge the goals count but 100% of the time a challenge by the other team goes there way

    • jultz=2cups!??

      You clearly weren’t reading the early comments. Talbot was complaining about the overall inconsistency of goalie interference. Not just one play. Do some research before spouting off

  • Snoop Scottie Dogg

    In my mind it doesn’t matter how Cam and the team are playing. The goalie interference and offside challenge has been a massive failure. But I’m sure he NHL will step up and admit they made a mistake…speaking of the coyotes.

  • Fire Woodcroft!

    Lots of comments on here about how Talbot should just STFU and start making saves…

    Nice way to respond to someone who finally has the balls to call the NHL out on their corrupt bush-league officiating. That play looks exactly like the goal that the league allowed against Edmonton last Monday week – when Talbot was prevented from moving over to make the save…

    Good on Cam for saying what his chickens!t management should be taking the fine for and saying.

  • Heschultzhescores

    There is another point to all this. It takes away from the spontaneous wild cheer after your team scores ’cause you know it’s not a goal intil it’s reviewed.

  • Prairiechicken

    You can say he should have complained earlier. You can say he should play better before complaining. But for me, i suspect it’s a sign of frustration with his and his teams play. He wouldn’t have snapped otherwise. I’ll take that over apathy any day

    • Prairiechicken

      For the record I too wish he would have complained more earlier (i.e. Anaheim). And that he was having a better year. But I’m happy to see him vent. I just wish we would see the same from Todd.

  • Spydyr

    “There’s no consistency and I’m f**king sick of it. It’s f**king ridiculous. You can quote me, they can fine me, I don’t give a f**k anymore.”

    Sounds like me talking about Talbot. It would be nice if he stopped the first shot of the game. What is it twelve games this year he has let in the first shot. Come on man.

  • btrain

    I watched it several times over now. It certainly not surprising the goal was overturned, there was contact, but this is the kind of goal I think the NHL needs to uphold. Despite the contact that occurred; from my perspective Ranta had full control of the limb he would require to stop the puck and he missed it, because it was going high and wide anyway before hitting Maroon. Anyway, if it’s a goal on the ice I think there needs to be definitive evidence that the interference prevented the goalie from making the save. In this case I don’t think Ranta was going to reach that shot anyway and he clearly missed it despite still having full use of his chicken wing.

  • Mel Kozun

    ” … as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.”

    69.1(2) … an attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease. Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed ..

    Key words here are “intentional or deliberate”. On the Strome/McDavid OT disallowed goal, or the Maroon goal vs Coyotes – THIS REQUIREMENT WAS NOT MET!! Neither of these actions were intentional or deliberate – they WERE incidental!

    The NHL can’t even apply it’s own rules as they are written!!

    • Heschultzhescores

      Yes and the contact was more of a brush than anything. The goaltender was not even moved by it. Just go back to the foot in the crease rule then. Contact outside the crease is just like every other player on the ice there.

    • Flint

      Copy the whole sentence if your going to copy the rules, don’t just cut and paste what you like to believe. Is there a more blatent indication of being biased than that?

      ” Incidental contact with a goalkeeper will be permitted, and resulting goals allowed, when such contact is initiated OUTSIDE of the goal crease, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.”

      They are only talking about outside the goalcrease in that phrase. Nice try out the critical part though.

  • Castrum

    Incidental contact? Sure, sure. Talbot finally broke down and whined. It was goalie interference. Maybe if the Oilers stopped throwing themselves into goalies, they would stop getting called on it.

  • Top_Shelfie

    Love the energy, wish that desire was there 50+ games ago. Does anyone remember Game 1? Oone of the few games where we werent scored on first. We were “snow-balled” Oiler fans. Go Top-Shelf!

  • nijames

    Really Cam? If I was you I would worry about stopping pucks and playing up to my potential and not worry about what the NHL or the referees do. If you weren’t the 31st ranked #1 goalie in the league maybe someone would listen

  • For Pete's Sake!

    I think the point that’s been lost here, is that Oilers are 0/18 in the last eighteen decisions made by the refs and the Toronto officials. How is that even statistically possible?? Can you imagine the outcry if the last 18 decisions had gone against the Toronto Maple Leafs? If there isn’t some kind of anti-oiler bias at work here, 18 straight lost decisions would be about as likely as winning the lottery.

    Makes you wonder if the comparison to the Italian Soccer League isn’t that far off.