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What To Do With Cristobal Huet?

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

It has been assumed since the day the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. Probably even before that. Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet won’t be back with the team, mostly because of his salary cap hit of $5.625 million the next two seasons.

Now, agent Stephen Bartlett is working feverishly to find a way to keep Huet in the NHL. And that won’t be easy.

“You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see the price he’s earning versus the conditions in the NHL make it tough,” Bartlett told Sporting News. “I haven’t given up. I realize the end of the line may come at some point.”

Bartlett described his relationship with the Blackhawks as partners working together to find a reasonable destination for Huet, who continues to handle a difficult situation with his usual class.

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stonehands-78's avatar

What to do?

He’s wondering the same thing ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 08/05/10 at 08:22 PM ET

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I have an idea, but some authorities might consider it a threat… so let’s just send him to the minors instead.  Probably the biggest mistake Tallon made, even more so than the missed fax deadline.

Posted by sean_o_sean on 08/05/10 at 08:36 PM ET

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His name always makes me think of that Keane song…


http://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1DVCM_enUS374US375&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=keane+crystal+ball

Posted by pgoody on 08/05/10 at 09:18 PM ET

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Here’s where re-negotiating contract terms could be helpful. Huet might be willing to take a couple million less to stay in the big leagues.

Posted by Shane on 08/05/10 at 10:02 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Trade him back to Montreal?

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 08/05/10 at 10:51 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Here’s where re-negotiating contract terms could be helpful. Huet might be willing to take a couple million less to stay in the big leagues.

Posted by Shane on 08/05/10 at 09:02 PM ET

Yeah, but for every one time it worked out for the player and the team, you’d get five times where a player sits out of camp because he wants more pay or where a team threatens a guy with being sold to Europe unless he takes less.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/06/10 at 12:13 AM ET

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Bartlett described his relationship with the Blackhawks as partners working together to find a reasonable destination for Huet…

And here’s how that discussion probably went…

Bowman: Christie is going to the Rockford Ice Hogs. We hope he enjoys his time there for the next two years.

Bartlett: But can’t we find a better solution than that?

Bowman: Christie is going to the Rockford Ice Hogs. We hope he enjoys his time there for the next two years.

Bartlett: Okay, Okay, I get your situation, Stan. But think about Christobal and all that he’s done for the Hawks.

Bowman: Christie is going to the Rockford Ice Hogs. We hope he enjoys his time there for the next two years.

Bartlett: Okay. Okay, I get that he hasn’t done anything for the Hawks, but think about him as a human being.

Bowman: Christie is going to the Rockford Ice Hogs. We hope he enjoys his time there for the next two years.

Bartlett: Okay. Okay, I see where you’re coming from, Stan. But what about…

Bowman: Christie is going to the Rockford Ice Hogs. We hope he enjoys his time there for the next two years.

Bartlett: Okay. We get it. He’s going to Rockford. We just hope that you enjoy handing over $5.625M a year for two years to your AHL goalie. And we hope your fans enjoy paying $7 per seat more just to cover his salary.

Bowman: Uh. Ummm. What?

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/06/10 at 12:53 AM ET

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handing over $5.625M a year for two years to your AHL backup goalie.

There.  Fixed.

Posted by Garth on 08/06/10 at 12:59 AM ET

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