When it comes to Detroit Red Wings record-setting players, Jean-Guy Talbot probably doesn’t come to mind. Then again, when it comes to Red Wings players, Talbot probably doesn’t come to mind at all.
A 17-season NHL defenseman from 1954-71, Talbot won the Stanley Cup in each of his first five full NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. That gives him a share of the Stanley Cup mark for most consecutive wins along with 11 of his teammates from those 1956-60 Canadiens squads.
Talbot would win two more Cups with the Canadiens in 1964-65 and 1965-66. His first and last Cups with Montreal were both earned at the expense of the Red Wings. He was still patroling the Habs blueline in 1966-67 when they lost the Cup final to the Toronto Maple Leafs, launching Talbot on the way to another Stanley Cup record.
#stlblues have picked up 35-year-old defenceman Jean-Guy Talbot on waivers from the #RedWings. Talbot had only been with the Wings for a few weeks after being traded to Detroit by the Minnesota North Stars, who drafted him from Montreal in last summer’s expansion draft. pic.twitter.com/75ganShCWs
— Hockey50Yearsago (@hockey50years) January 14, 2018
However, were it not for a stop in Detroit, the latter mark probably never happens.
Talbot was selected in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft by the Minnesota North Stars. After just four games in Minny, he was dealt to the Red Wings with Dave Richardson for Bob McCord and Duke Harris.
Talbot’s Detroit adventure ended up lasting 32 games. He was claimed on wiavers by the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 12, 1968. With the Blues, he would come out on the losing end of the 1968, 1969 and 1970 Cup final series. Along with Jimmy Roberts, his teammate on the 1967 Canadiens and all three of those Blues teams, they share the mark for the most consecutive Stanley Cup final losses with four.
Elmer Ready To Set Sail With Red Wings
Elmer Soderblom took to Instagram to officially embark on his career with the Red Wings. The Frolunda forward, author of a team-leading 21 goals in the SHL this season, posted a photo of himself sitting lakeside as he signed his Detroit contract.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 20, 2022
“I am proud and honored to recently have signed my first NHL contract with the @detroitredwings,” Soderblom posted. “I would like to thank @frolunda_hc for all my years in the organization and everyone who have helped me along the way.”
Among those sending congratulations to Soderblom were his Frolunda and future Red Wings teammate Simon Edvinsson, Detroit’s top 2021 draft pick and Boston Bruins 2021 first-rounder Fabian Lysell.
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