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Reasons for long-term optimism exist in Talbot's uneven Flames pre-season

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There’s no bigger question mark surrounding the Calgary Flames than its goaltending.

So when Cam Talbot gave up a questionable goal 50 seconds into Sunday’s exhibition game in Winnipeg you can bet there was a segment of diehards watching online ready to tee off on the reclamation project.

Five nights earlier they had that outlet, as Talbot was the recipient of Bronx cheers shortly after allowing a pair of goals that didn’t sit well with Saddledome dwellers. Harsh.

His debut in Flames silks got worse that night as the man who relieved David Rittich midway through was beaten in overtime, saddling him with the goat horns as he allowed six goals on nine shots in a 3-2 loss to Vancouver.

Talbot and his .667 save percentage were the talk of the town the next day, which says all you need to know about how on edge Flames fans are when it comes to netminding.

Keep in mind, the organization has really only had two star goalies here in 39 years: Mike Vernon and Miikka Kiprusoff.

Since the latter left town for parts unknown in 2013, the rotating door of goaltenders has been one of........

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