Cam Talbot exudes a palpable sense of calm whenever he’s between the pipes for the Wild. It’s something coach Dean Evason and his teammates talk about often, as does general manager Bill Guerin, and even some opponents who play the Wild.

It’s gotten to the point where the 34-year-old goaltender has actually garnered the nickname Calm Talbot. Maybe not the cleverest nickname in the world, but it’s so on the nose that it doesn’t matter.

Maybe the most impressive thing about Talbot’s demeanor, though, is how he was able to operate that same way last season under trying circumstances.

After signing with the Wild in the middle of a pandemic, then hurriedly rushing to the Twin Cities a few days after Christmas for the start of an abbreviated 56-game season, Talbot very rarely felt settled in away from the rink.

“You had a week to get the kids into school, get COVID tested a few times, and then get on the ice with the guys,” said Talbot, who went on to finish last season with a 19-8-5 record, 2.63 goals-against average and .915 save percentage amid the chaos.

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Needless to say, the preseason has gone much smoother this time around with Talbot arriving in the Twin Cities about a month before the start of training camp. He remembers smiling to himself as he and his wife Kelly loaded up the car with their daughter Sloane and their son Landon in the backseat.

“They were excited to come back,” said Talbot, who lives in his native Canada during the offseason. “It’s nice to see when the kids get that excited for a 14-hour drive. That’s not something that’s always fun for kids. They’ve been excited to see their old friends and stuff again and make new friends in school.”

That comfort his family has this season has allowed Talbot to feel comfortable himself heading to the rink every day.

“It’s so much more normal I guess we could say this season than the past couple of seasons,” Talbot said. “It’s definitely been nice to be here early and get settled in.”

It raises the question: If Talbot was so impressive last season with so much influx, what might he do for an encore this season now that things are more orderly?

That’s something to keep an eye on as Wild start a new chapter for the franchise this season. Gone are former faces of the franchise Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, and for the first time in more than a decade, it feels like a completely different team on the ice.

“I’m excited to see what this group can do,” Talbot said. “We took a big step forward last season. I don’t know if anyone except for us in that room expected us to do what we did last season. We have the same belief in that room this season. It’s going to be fun getting back to full 82-game season. It’s nice to get back to some normalcy here.”

No matter what happens this season, one thing the Wild can count on is Talbot staying calm in the crease. It’s something he learned as the backup to the legendary Henrik Lundqvist early in his career. He also credited longtime New York Rangers goaltending coach Benoit Allaire for helping him develop those skills.

“He was huge for my career,” Talbot said. “He’s a calming personality himself. There’s never any panic in his voice. He’s very positively driven. He just kind of rubs off on people that way. He helped me to become a little more calm and more patient.”

That’s always been a focus for Talbot, because as he has learned throughout his NHL career, a team usually goes as its goaltender does throughout a game.

If a goaltender is constantly sprawling for saves, his teammates will feed off that chaotic energy, and very rarely in a good way. If a goaltender is cool, calm and collected between the pipes, his teammates will feel comfortable making the simple play themselves.

As much as his teammates rave about him, Talbot was quick to credit them for his stellar stats last season.

“This is an easy group to play behind,” he said. “Just so easy to read off of. It starts with the six guys in front of me and obviously the forwards are a big part of that, too. We have a great lineup of skill, grit and shutdown guys up front. You mix that with our top six on the backend and not a ton for the goaltender to do. My job is to go out there and stop the shots I’m supposed to stop and give us a chance to win. Behind a group like this, they made it easy for me.”

That said, Talbot has proven more than capable of making the big saves at the biggest moments. There were many times throughout the playoff series with the Vegas Golden Knights last season — the Wild lost a heartbreaker in Game 7 of the opening-round series — that Talbot singlehandedly kept his team in it.

“I’m not going out there to do too much or try to overplay certain situations,” he said. “I try to stay as calm and patient as possible and let the play come to me. The guys in front of me they make that so much easier because they’re so easy to read off of and they’re calm themselves. We don’t have a lot of guys that panic under pressure.”

As things slowly return to normal this season, Talbot doesn’t plan on changing his playing style. He also made it clear that he wants to play as much as possible.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a back-to-back or every other day with travel kind of thing,” Talbot said. “I feel my best when I’m rolling. You don’t really get a chance to think. You just go out there and play. Whether it’s a good game the night before, or even a rough game, it’s even better to get back in there and put it behind me and get another solid start under my belt.”