Saturday, July 30, 2016

Robbie Tallas Autograph Card

Robbie Tallas last played in the NHL when the Chicago Blackhawks sent him on the ice for 12 games in 2000-01, but he has suited up twice since becoming the Florida Panthers' goaltending coach, first after an injury to José Theodore, and the last time roughly a year ago when both starter Roberto Luongo and backup Al Montoya fell to injury in the same game.

He is mostly known for the 87 games (over five seasons) where he played for the Boston Bruins, posting a 26-35-10 record with the Bs (and going 2-7-0 with the Hawks), with a career 2.91 GAA and .891 save percentage (in the dead puck era).

Here he is wearing the Bruins' white (then-home) late-1990s uniform, on card #158 from In The Game's 1998-99 Be A Player set:
The Edmonton native and undrafted professional had his best pro seasons in 1997-98 in the NHL (6-3-3, 1.83 GAA, .926 save % and one shutout in 14 games in Boston) and in 2003-04 in Finland (8-8-4 record, 1.99 GAA, .922 save % and one shutout in 22 games with Hämeenlinnan Pallokerho (HPK, a.k.a. The Knights).

He's been a goaltending consultant/coach with the Panthers since 2009.

If he does ever play even a single minute of play replacing an injured goalie, he will appear in his 100th NHL game.

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