Huet? Really?

Report: Kings, Canucks express interest in Huet | ProHockeyTalk

[F]ormer Chicago netminder Cristobal Huet told French news outlet L’Equipe he’s been in contact with Vancouver and Los Angeles about a return to the NHL. “Huet tells L’Equipe [he] talked with Kings and Canucks,” Woodley tweeted. [...]

Huet hasn’t played in the NHL since serving as Antti Niemi‘s backup during Chicago’s Stanley Cup victory in 2010. That was followed by a “loan” to Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss League, a clever way for the ‘Hawks to make his massive cap hit disappear.

Funny thing happened in Switzerland, though — Huet found his game. He posted a .932 save percentage and 1.99 GAA last season and, coincidentally, his albatrossian four-year, $22.5 million deal expired.

Albatrossian?

In early July, Huet told In Goal he wanted back in North America.

“I still belong, I’m better than some other guys, and I’d like another shot,” Huet said. “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.”

Now 36, Huet would be a solid veteran presence in a backup role. That’s key, because both rumored suitors — Vancouver and L.A. — are both rumored to be shopping one of their goalies [...].

 

  6 comments for “Huet? Really?

  1. August 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    This is perfect for Quick. He really needs a veteran presence to help him learn how to win in the playoffs…

  2. Garrett79
    August 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    “both rumored suitors — Vancouver and L.A. — are both rumored to be shopping one of their goalies [...].”

    both … both

    That’s just good writing.

  3. TradedForAPick
    August 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I’d be ok with this if they stuck him in Manchester for like half a million. Though I bet Luongo gets swapped finally and Vancouver throws 1.5 mil at him to be Schneider’s towel boy

    • August 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM

      I doubt Huet signs with a team that intends to put him in the AHL. I’m sure he would stay in Europe rather than come back to that.

  4. Uni
    August 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    When a player has “talked” with a team, can’t that just mean that his agent has contacted that team? And since LA and Vancouver are rumored to be moving Luongo and Bernier, they would be likely teams for his agent to contact?

    Therefore, the possibility of Huet playing for either team could be microscopically distant and yet according to facts and speculation, make enough sense to warrant and an article like this one.

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