Michel Therrien has said that Maxime Talbot was sent down to Wilkes-Barre so that he could continue to play during the Olympic break. I believe there are only a few players on the team that qualified to go down and play, and Talbot was one of them (I want to say the others were Fleury and Whitney... but I'm not positive). Players had to be demoted by January 31st. Therrien wants to recall Max after the Olympics.
Let's hope he's back here - Maxime is one of my favorite players.