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Cristobal Huet | Goalie

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (39) / 9/3/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
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Cristobal Huet will not be returning to the NHL this season.
Amid speculation that the veteran netminder might catch on with an NHL club he decided to sign a four-year contract with Lausanne HC, thereby ending that possibility. He likely wouldn't have risen above backup with many NHL clubs regardless, but drafters can now safely drop him from their cheat sheets. Sat, Aug 11, 2012 11:12:00 PM

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The Vancouver Canucks may be an option for Cristobal Huet, depending on how the Roberto Luongo situation pans out, but for now there hasn't been "substantive discussions" between the two sides according to Huet's agent, Stephen Bartlett.

"We've been trying to talk to every team," said Bartlett. "I haven't had any specific discussions with Vancouver about him, just in general identifying teams that may or may not be in a position to look for goaltending, Vancouver being one of them. It's depending on what happens with (Roberto) Luongo." If an NHL team doesn't show interest then Huet will probably sign with a club in Europe.
Wed, Aug 8, 2012 11:44:00 AM

Cristobal Huet's agent has been in communication with "a few" NHL teams.

Huet is an unrestricted free agent and is hoping to return to the NHL for the first time since 2010. "I still belong, I'm better than some other guys, and I'd like another shot," Huet said. "The latest possible to give me a chance to be back to NHL. I'm ready to take the risk, and then if nothing, I will wait until something opens in Europe." Huet might have to settle for battling for the number two gig on a team during training camp.
Mon, Jul 9, 2012 02:43:00 PM

Cristobal Huet is "exploring" the possibility of returning to the NHL, according to the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc.

The 36-year-old hasn't played in the NHL since 2010 with the Blackhawks. He's spent the past two seasons in the Swiss League, finishing with a 1.99 goals-against average in 39 games in his most recent campaign. Huet was banished to Europe by the Hawks in order to avoid his $5.625 million cap hit, but will undoubtedly have to take a significant pay cut and back-up role if he latches on with an NHL team now.
Mon, Jul 2, 2012 06:37:00 PM

Cristobal Huet had a 1.99 GAA playing with HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA.

Huet has been playing in Europe so that the Chicago Blackhawks could dodge his $5,625,000 cap hit. However, Huet's contract with Chicago expires this summer, so he'll probably test the free agent waters to see if there's an NHL squad willing to give him work. Given how tough the market usually is to goaltenders, we doubt he'll get signed to serve as a starter, but a team might want him as a veteran backup to a younger and perhaps relatively unproven number one.
Mon, May 7, 2012 10:14:00 AM

Cristobal Huet has been loaned to HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA.

Huet will spend another year in Europe, as the Chicago Blackhawks want to avoid his $5,625,000 cap hit. Huet's contract will expire at the end of this season, so he might be able to stage a comeback in 2012-13.
Mon, Sep 26, 2011 01:26:00 PM

Cristobal Huet has been placed on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Huet never had a chance to play for the Hawks as he slipped to fourth on the depth chart. He will head back to Europe if he passes waivers. This is just a bookkeeping move.
Sat, Sep 24, 2011 01:17:00 PM

Cristobal Huet turned aside 32 of 37 shots in France's 5-2 loss to Norway on Monday.

France managed to make it to the Qualifying Round, but they will finish in last place in Group F. Still, it's a step up from their showing in 2010. Last year, they lost all three of their Preliminary round games and just narrowly avoided being pushed down to Division I.
Mon, May 9, 2011 12:14:00 PM

Cristobal Huet kicked out 17 of 20 shots in France's 4-0 loss to Sweden on Friday.

France decided to pull Huet after the first period. Fabrice Lhenry turned aside an impressive 37 of 38 Swedish shots, but it was too little, too late.
Fri, May 6, 2011 05:12:00 PM

Cristobal Huet turned aside 37 of 38 Belarus shots in a 2-1 overtime victory on Tuesday.

Huet and France allowed nine goals against Team Canada on Sunday, but Huet was able to bounce back and help the French win one of their three preliminary round games. Huet is under contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he was assigned to HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA of the Swiss National League A before the start of the season. Huet also isn't expected to play in the NHL next season as the Blackhawks want to avoid his cap hit.
Tue, May 3, 2011 04:57:00 PM

With Cristobal Huet between the pipes, France was defeated 9-1 by Canada at the World Hockey Championships Sunday.

Huet faced 39 shots in all, but that doesn't tell the story of how much pressure he faced from the Canadians during the game. Pierre Bellemare scored the only French goal in the loss.
Sun, May 1, 2011 01:42:00 PM

Cristobal Huet has been assigned to HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA of the Swiss National League A by the Blackhawks.

Chicago still has to pay him his $5.6 million annual salary, but it won't count against their salary cap. The Hawks are set to start the season with a new goalie tandem in 2010-11, that will feature much more cap-friendly offerings in Marty Turco and Corey Crawford.
Source: TSN.ca
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 07:52:00 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks officially put goalie Cristobal Huet on waivers Saturday.

The plan to hide Huet’s salary hit may work. If he clears, the Blackhawks intend to loan Huet to a team in the Swiss League. The deal is "ready to go" according to GM Stan Bowman. The move would do wonders for Chicago financially. It would clear more than $5 million from the books. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Sun, Sep 26, 2010 10:11:00 AM

Christobal Huet will not attend training camp with the Blackhawks this season.

Huet is likely headed to HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss League but the final arrangements can't be finalized until two weeks into training camp according to NHL rules. He will get $12 million over the next two seasons from Chicago, but it will not count against the cap if he remains out of the NHL.
Fri, Sep 17, 2010 06:21:00 AM

Cristobal Huet's move to HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss National League A still hasn't been finalized.

"We're still working on that," GM Stan Bowman said. "Nothing is finalized yet. I don't have any new news to report. It's looking like that's a possibility. Hopefully it will work out for him and for us, but it's not finalized yet." It seems like just a matter of time before a deal is made for Huet to play in Europe. However, if Chicago can't work anything out, they'll probably send him to the minors to keep his $5.625 million cap hit off the books.
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 10:00:00 AM

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