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“I still belong, I’m better than some other guys, and I’d like another shot. I’d love to come back, but I know once you are out of the League a little bit guys tend to forget about you and that’s the nature of the beast. But I still think I have something to show in the NHL, and to prove I still belong there. For me it would be a great second chance to come back and play in the best league.”
-UFA goalie Cristobal Huet. More from Kevin Woodley of InGoal Magazine.
This week we will continue to look at former NHL players who are now playing in Europe.
Jagr is clearly not the offensive force that he was in his heyday with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he has become quite a mentor to younger KHL players, while recording 14 points in 19 games for sixth place Avangard Omsk. However, Jagr’s most impressive feat this year was leading an undermanned Czech squad to World Championship gold against a heavily favoured Russian squad that featured Ovechkin, Malkin, Datsyuk and Gonchar.
HC Slovan Bratislava
Satan is hoping to land another midseason NHL contract as he did with the Boston Bruins last year. In the meantime, Satan registered eight points during a three game contract with Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak league. Satan can still find the back of the net and may yet have another crack at the NHL.
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
He believes he still has the game to be an NHL goalie. But since the Hawks are still on the hook for another year next season at $5.625 million, he’s likely stuck in Europe until the team buys him out.
“I don’t know what Chicago’s intentions are for next year,” said Huet, who went 26-14-8 with a 2.50 GAA last season in Chicago. “I’ll probably be in the same situation with my salary and not playing in the NHL. It’s really not up to me, but we’ll see what happens next year.”
For now, he’s making the best of being back in Switzerland, where he tended goal for four seasons before heading to Los Angeles in 2002. While he’s a native of France, Huet married a Swiss woman, so the move made sense on the personal side of things. He also obtained his Swiss passport earlier this week.
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
Huet’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said his client would have been willing to renegotiate his contract to stay in the NHL, something that is not currently an option.
“His goal was to stay in the NHL,” Bartlett said. “If there was a way he could have, he would.
“That’s the downside of the inflexibility of the CBA – there’s no ability to renegotiate or for another team to take on a portion of a contract. Financially, you’re well covered, but if your goal is to play in the NHL, you’ve got two hands tied behind your back.”
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.”
Cristobal Huet takes the Cup to the Eiffel Tower.
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.
from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,
Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Did coach Joel Quenneville really need to be told one more time that Cristobal Huet isn’t his goalie for the playoffs or not even his goalie next season or not even his goalie for the rest of this season?
Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. How soon before the Blackhawks are able to buy out Huet’s contract, seconds after they win the Stanley Cup championship or after they lose in the first, second or third rounds?
Here’s the question no one will ask or answer. Is the Hawks stock as a team falling quickly enough that they are no longer one of the favorites to reach the championship round?
continue for more on Chicago’s 8-3 loss to Columbus tonight…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
• The Chicago Blackhawks will have to take a long, hard look at their goaltending at the end of the season.
By sticking with the overpaid, underachieving Cristobal Huet at the deadline, GM Stan Bowman faces a big problem trying to fit all the pieces of his club under next season’s salary cap.
Not only do the Hawks have Huet under contract for two more years at an average of $5.625 million (all terms US), they will try to find a way to sign Antti Niemi, who has taken over as their No. 1 goaltender….
• All they have to do in Edmonton is hang the No. 68 sweater in Jaromir Jagr’s stall. The Oilers are fully expecting the 38-year-old to leave Omsk Avangard of the KHL this summer and sign as a UFA two seasons removed from the NHL. Edmonton scouts attended the Olympics to get a close look at Jagr. He would be welcomed back to the New York Rangers anytime, but Jagr has a close relationship with Oilers associate coach Tom Renney from their days on Broadway….
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“I don’t question too much about what people think. I believe in myself. I know I can do great things for the team.”
-Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet. More on Huet from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
Huet appears to have turned things around after his horrendous start.
Since that ugly loss to Dallas on Oct. 17, Huet has gone 5-2, allowing only 11 goals. And in those two losses, the Hawks were shutout 2-0 at Nashville and lost 3-1 at Phoenix.
Huet has improved his goals-against average to 2.21 and brought his save percentage back over .900 at .901 from a low of .844.
“I feel loose, ready to compete every night and help play the best we can and win some games,” Huet said following Wednesday’s 3-2 win over the Avalanche in a shootout.
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
Great Swiss sieves from past include Marty Gerber, Tobias Stephan - and now the Struggling Swiss-Franc, Mr. Huet. All of them graduates of the Equipment-Cheat, Fall-On-Your-Knees School of Swiss Netminder Capitulation.
I’ll admit I let in some bad goals in my time, and I’ve witnessed some goose-down soft tallies covering the National League of Hockey with my eyeballs and throat, but I have never been privy to a more “WTF Were You Doing?” goal than Stephane Robidas eventual game winner that bewildered Huet and devistated the Hawk Nation in Chicago last night.
I’m on the flight back home trying to figure out how a $5M goalie can let a puck shot from center, that was aimed 40 feet wide of the net, and hit a glass support, bounced twice, was then headed in front of the goal to the other corner, get past him.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
On a night when the Hawks dominated much of the game offensively, Huet allowed 2 deflating goals, including one that needed to be seen to be believed.
With the Hawks trailing 3-2 midway through the third period, Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas fired one from inside the red line around the glass that deflected toward the goal, bounced and hopped into the net between Huet and the post.
Huet also let Toby Petersen beat him with a slap shot from past the right circle near the boards in the second period that rang down the boos from the sellout crowd.
“I can blame only myself,” Huet said. “The third goal (by Petersen) is bad. It can’t happen. Right now I feel bad because I feel I let the team down. I know I can play way better than that.
“Obviously, I really looked bad tonight and I didn’t help the team.”
added 10:19am, Not the best video quality, but check out the last goal Huet gave up last night below…
from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,
Huet is expected to start tonight in Nashville, the hockey equivalent of playing the Rams. They have seven goals all season, three by one guy. They’re coming off a 6-0 whipping by Dallas. Jeez, Nashville is the kind of team where forwards volunteer to play goal.
So, this is a must-win for Huet. This is a better-win. You shouldn’t give up a goal to these mopes. But more importantly, win the game so the coach, your teammates and the fans can at least fake some confidence in you. Because if you lose in Nashville, mon ami, stay there. ...
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It’s way too early to give up on Cristobal Huet less than two weeks into the season.
But the clock is ticking.
Huet has made four starts and been shaky in all of them. His exit seven minutes into Monday’s game against Calgary after he allowed 3 goals on 5 shots was the right move by Hawks coach Joel Quenneville even if the defensive play in front of the goalie was shoddy.
It’s a goalie’s job to come up with big saves after defensive breakdowns, especially the goalie on a team that’s supposed to contend for the Stanley Cup.
from Mike Kiley at ChicagoNow,
The Blackhawks, even as they emerge as paper tigers among the NHL elite, will nonetheless be on trial next weekend at their fan convention.
As promising as their future appears for 2009-10, especially with the addition of high-scoring forward Marian Hossa, they will be asked to present indisputable evidence that shows Cristobal Huet is their No. 1 goaltender beyond a reasonable doubt.
Can that case be proven in a weekend of salesmanship? Was Huet worth 4 years at $5.625 million when the Hawks signed him as a free agent in July, 2008? Will you go home from the festivities next Sunday convinced that the net is in the hands of a master goaltender or a never-will-be?
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
It was clear late Tuesday night that Hawks GM Dale Tallon hoped to re-sign both Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin before they became unrestricted free agents at noon on Wednesday.
The serious interest in bringing back Khabibulin was a pretty strong indicator that Tallon was actively trying to trade goalie Cristobal Huet and the three years and more than $16 million he has left on his contract.
Two teams that need goaltenders – Edmonton and Colorado – were believed to be at least listening to what Tallon was offering. Could defenseman Cam Barker be part of a package with Huet? The Oilers are believed to have some interest in Barker.
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
“I’ll be Cristo.”
That was Brent Seabrook speaking, as he jokingly stepped into Cristobal Huet’s locker and faced a phalanx of reporters, nearly an hour after his Blackhawks had been whacked 6-1 by Detroit.
The real Cristo, as it turns out, never did show his face, taking refuge in the no-trespassing inner sanctum of the Hawks’ dressing room. At 5:30 p.m., the cut-off point for media access, scriveners and TV types ushered outside, Huet was still back there, hiding.
Pretty bush. Which might also accurately describe the No.2-turned-No.1 Chicago goalie, who gave up five Red Wing goals, bracketed around a second period spent largely on the bench – yanked by coach Joel Quenneville and then re-instated, presumably for a bit of confidence bucking-up.
He’ll need all the bucking he can get, the Hawks teetering on the brink of elimination in the Western Conference final, trailing 3-1 as the series swings back to Joe Louis Arena Wednesday night.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
The fact of the matter is if I’m an NHL GM and I’m starting up a team and I have one year to win a championship, Huet is not among the top 10 goalies I’d pick to be my starter.
Here are 10 goalies I wouldn’t hesitate picking before Huet: Martin Brodeur, Roberto Luongo, Miikka Kiprusoff, Evgeni Nabokov, Henrik Lundqvist, J-S Giguere, Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov, Tomas Vokoun and Marty Turco.
I’d probably even pick some of this next tier of goalies before Huet: Niklas Backstrom, Vesa Toskala, Marc-Andre Fleury, Rick DiPietro, Tim Thomas, Chris Osgood, Carey Price, Cam Ward, Martin Biron and Kari Lehtonen. That’s why Huet may not be among my top 15.
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
There must be a second part to this move.
The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Cristobal Huet to a deal worth $5.625 million per season for four years, THN has learned.
Now, the Hawks still have No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the books for a very cap-unfriendly $6.75 million next year, so something’s gotta give here.
Not only do the Hawks now have quite a lot of cash tied up in goaltenders, but the funny thing about that position is you can only have one on the ice at any given time and most starting netminders tend to want to be out there as much as possible.
On TSN about 15 minutes ago, Darren Pang reported that in his conversation with GM Dale Tallon today, Tallon claimed they would be carrying both goalies into next season. To add intrigue, Bob McKenzie also mentions that Tampa goalie Mike Smith—who just signed an extension earlier today—might now be shopped.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
It appears both goalie Cristobal Huet and forward Brian Rolston are headed to free agency later today.
“Yes it looks that way right now,” Stephen Bartlett, the agent for both players, told Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday morning.
More on Rolston reported earlier on KK.
from Tariek El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
“I’m sure we’ll have a chance to reconvene and continue our discussions,” Bartlett said in a telephone interview. “The flow back-and-forth has been pretty steady.”
Bartlett declined to divulge specifics, but he did indicate that Huet, 32, is seeking a three-year deal. If the negotiations hit a snag, he said, it likely would be over money, not length of contract.
Bartlett’s comments come a day after Huet said in an interview with French newspaper L’Equipe that his first priority is to remain in Washington.
From the AP via Sports Illustrated,
“I’ve had a good run here,’’ Kolzig said Thursday. “And I hope it continues in the next two months.’‘
In other words, until the playoffs are over. After that, Kolzig will become a free agent, presenting an understandably murky future for a 38-year-old goalie who lost his starting job just as the Capitals were becoming good again.
“The worst thing I can do is have a pity party,’’ Kolzig said. “I’m not really going to talk about the situation until the end of the year, but it is what it is and I’ve come to grips with it.’‘
Kolzig has been supplanted by Cristobal Huet, acquired from Montreal at the trade deadline.
From Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,
Trading for “Huet was the easiest decision because he played really well for a few years,” McPhee said. “It’s worked out the way we had hoped. He’s playing well and Olie is better rested and playing really well, too.
“We couldn’t be more impressed with how [Fedorov has] handled this situation,” he added. “How great he’s been with our young players, and how well he’s played. And Cooke is playing better than he played in Vancouver.”
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From Pat Hickey at The Gazette,
The question now is whether to keep Huet or put him on the block. He’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the Canadiens run the risk of losing him without compensation.
That’s a risk they should take. While Price has demonstrated why he’s the Canadiens’ hope for a bright future and Jaroslav Halak is playing well in Hamilton, the Habs need all their resources if they hope to make a run in the playoffs. It’s a bigger risk if they go into the post-season with a pair of goaltenders with no NHL playoff experience.
from the Montreal Gazette,
“Carey has his confidence going and I think it would be difficult to go back to Cristobal at this time,” Carbonneau said.
The decision didn’t go over well with Huet, which Carbonneau said was exactly the reaction he expected - and wanted - from the veteran.
“He’s a competitor. He wants to play. I understand that. I’d be disappointed if he didn’t,” Carbonneau said.
Price is becoming the focal point of the Canadiens’ youth movement. When the Habs beat the Leafs, they dressed 10 players who are 25 or younger and there could have been 11 if Guillaume Latendresse had been 100-per-cent healthy.
from the Montreal Gazette,
Huet is aware he and Price are competing for the No. 1 job and said that’s the way it should be.
“It has to be like that,” Huet said. “The coach is going to use the best goalie, the guy who’s playing the best during the games and that pushes me, for sure, to be better and get the job done.”
Price describes Huet as the perfect mentor for a young goaltender, although Huet was at a loss to explain exactly what he does in that role.
“I think the important thing is that I treat him like everyone else,” Huet said. “But you should ask him.”