ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Pardon Maxime Talbot if he's a little bit overwhelmed right now.
He has a baby on the way and a new system to learn after being traded for the first time in his NHL career.
The Colorado Avalanche acquired the veteran forward from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday in exchange for Steve Downie.
Talbot is expected to be in Dallas when the Avs face the Stars tonight. The move is somewhat of a surprise, with Colorado off to a 10-1 start and leading its division. But Talbot's elated that it came to fruition and is eager to get to work under first-year coach Patrick Roy.
"I've been following their great start to the season, what they've been doing," Talbot said in a phone interview as he waited for a plane bound for Dallas. "I'm really excited to be part of it."
The 29-year-old Talbot had a goal and an assist for the Flyers this season. He has also played for Pittsburgh, helping the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup title.
His priorities once he arrives in town? Find a place to stay -- and then a new doctor. His fiancée is due in February.
"That brings a little bit of stress into play," Talbot said. "We're excited to do this in Denver."
Talbot already knows quite a few players on the Avalanche, including Matt Duchene and Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Oh, and video coach Mario Duhamel, too, Talbot's coach when he was a teenager.
"I get traded to a team that has a great deal of momentum right now. It's exciting," he said. "They're on top of the league and there's a reason for that. They're a young team. They have a deep roster with a lot of young skill and they should be good for years to come."
Part of the reason for the deal, Roy said, is to beef up the Avalanche's penalty-kill unit.
-- The Associated Press