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It Appears Huet Headed To Swiss League

from Chris Kuc of Chicago Breaking Sports,

Cristobal Huet’s time with the Blackhawks appears to be nearing an end.

The veteran goaltender is in discussions with Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss League, but “nothing is 100 percent yet,” according to Huet’s agent Stephen Bartlett. “We’ve had discussions with (Gotteron), but nothing is finalized and there are a lot of hoops to go through and approvals that have to happen here, so at this point it’s preliminary to say anything is done.”

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pensfan29's avatar

J’mappelle Cristobal. Je suis une gardien de but. Ummm, whats French for beachball?

Posted by pensfan29 on 08/23/10 at 01:46 PM ET

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Gee, I wonder if the NHL will investigate this move as ‘cap circumvention’?

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/23/10 at 02:21 PM ET

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The Hawks have been trying to find a taker for Huet to clear his $5.625 million salary-cap hit off the books and a one-year agreement to loan him to Gotteron would do the trick. The Hawks would still have to pay Huet’s salary, but it wouldn’t count against the NHL’s cap.

How is this legal?

Er…I mean…how does this NOT break any CBA rules?

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 08/23/10 at 02:51 PM ET

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mrfluffy, totally legal, Caps did it with Nylander.

Have to wonder though if this will be a CBA topic next time around.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/23/10 at 02:55 PM ET

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There’s no real difference between demoting Huet to the AHL or rent him to an European club, except for the rental payment that probably doesn’t cover anything close to Huet’s NHL salary.

In my view, if you want to abolish the rental of players outside North America, you have to look at burying contracts in the minors as well (which seems difficult). The purpose is the same.

It isn’t pretty, but I don’t have a problem with this kind of circumvention.

Posted by Moq from Denmark on 08/23/10 at 03:05 PM ET

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I don’t know, this seems to violate the spirit of the CBA.  Now if the club wants to Nancy Kerrigan his knee and let him ride out the season on IR, I’d be cool with that.

Posted by Gabriel from San Diego, CA on 08/23/10 at 03:40 PM ET

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Does Huet have to clear waivers before being sent over to Europe with the Hawks still paying his salary?  I would imagine yes, but I’ve learned not to take things for granted with the current CBA.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/23/10 at 03:42 PM ET

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What a joke this contract situation has become.  It basically allows any team to shelve players who don’t merit the salary they were signed to by the owning team. 

Piss poor showing by the Hawks and the NHL.

Posted by Leo_Racicot on 08/23/10 at 03:48 PM ET

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According to TSN, it has already happened. All that remains is for a re-assignment date to be set.

While any team can do this with a player, the player and a non-NHL team have to agree to it (Huet had to sign the contract, and Fribourg-Gotteron had to offer it). Despite how easy that may or may not be, players like Huet’s teammate Brian Campbell have also appeared to be paid far too much (alongside others like Redden and Alexei Yashin), and yet they have all received do-over seasons in their deals, with Redden and Campbell still on their team’s rosters so far, and the Islanders unable to swallow Yashin’s whole salary through a loan, instead settling on paying him the (still) longest buyout in NHL history.

Posted by SENShobo from Waterloo, ON on 08/23/10 at 04:50 PM ET

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Bet the Hawks wish they kept Niemi…

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 08/23/10 at 04:58 PM ET

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It isn’t pretty, but I don’t have a problem with this kind of circumvention.

Yeah… because a loophole to send a guy out of the league to get out from all of his remaining 11.2 mil cap hit is allowable circumvention, but adding on a couple extraneous years at the end of a deal to lower and average cap hit by a mil or so each year of the deal when the general idea is the guy won’t be around to play for those years is naughty.

Hooray, consistency!

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/23/10 at 05:01 PM ET

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Piss poor showing by the Hawks and the NHL.

Yep.  I think it’s definitely going to hurt the Hawks when they are bargaining against other teams for players.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 08/23/10 at 05:03 PM ET

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Was his contract handed out by Talon as well?  I don’t follow the Hawks as much, but do know Talon was recognized as the architect of their Cup team…

will he be recognized as the fall guy too though?  Didn’t he blow it with the missed filing of the RFA contracts for Versteeg and Barker?  Now an immovable (so to speak) contract for Huet?

Like i said, i dont follow them as much as everyone else, so if i have any details wrong here, hopefully you get what i mean.

Posted by Greg on 08/23/10 at 05:11 PM ET

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@Greg

Tallon is responsible for Kyle Beach, Brian Campbell, Ben Eager, Jordan Henry, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Cristobal Huet, Patrick Kane, Andrew Ladd, Antti Niemi (I believe), Sharp, Skille, Sopel, Toews and Versteeg.

Posted by CoolJ90 on 08/23/10 at 08:00 PM ET

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