NHL Free Agency: Why Max Talbot Was Philadelphia's Biggest Offseason Score

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NHL Free Agency:  Why Max Talbot Was Philadelphia's Biggest Offseason Score
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For the Philadelphia Flyers, the 2011-12 offseason was not a quiet one.

The team made a big splash in the free agent and trade markets, dealing captain Mike Richards and top scorer Jeff Carter for Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Jakub Voracek and the No. 8 pick in the draft, which became Sean Couturier.

The team went on to sign goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, future Hall-of-Famer Jaromir Jagr and aged rookie Matt Read in an effort to revamp the roster. 

Despite all these headline-grabbing moves, the roster change that has made the biggest positive impact thus far is a surprising one, a move that had fans scratching their heads and groaning when the news came down.

Max Talbot, who many Philly fans never wanted to see in the Orange and Black, inked a five-year, $9 million contract with the Flyers in the midst of all the offseason chaos. 

Now that the dust has settled, Talbot has begun to prove himself the smartest offseason acquisition the Flyers made this summer.

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