TSN: Habs Netminder Huet is a Cap

Cristobal HuetFor a second-round pick.
Details to follow.
[12:12pm Update] TSN: Habs trade goaltender Huet to Capitals
[12:22pm Update] Here is the official press release from the Washington Capitals:

ARLINGTON — The Washington Capitals have acquired goaltender Cristobal Huet from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Huet (KRIHZ-tuh-buhl YOO-iht), who will turn 33 on March 9, is in his fifth season in the NHL and played in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. The 6’1″, 204-pound native of Saint-Martin-D’Heres, France, is 21-12-6 this season with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. He ranks 11th in the NHL in save percentage, 19th in GAA and 19th in victories. Huet has a pair of shutouts this season, most recently a 35-save effort against the Capitals on Jan. 29.
Huet has a 72-59-11-13 record in 170 career NHL games, with a 2.49 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He has 15 career shutouts and led the league in save percentage in 2005-06 with a .929 mark. Huet was the second French-born player to play in the NHL and has represented France in two Olympics.
Huet was a seventh-round choice of the Los Angeles Kings in 2001 and made his North American debut in 2002-03 as a member of the Manchester Monarchs, where he played for Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau. Huet made his NHL debut for the Kings that season, posting a 4-4-1 record in 12 games, and played 41 games in Los Angeles in 2003-04. Montreal acquired him on June 26, 2004, with Radek Bonk in exchange for Mathieu Garon and a third-round draft choice.
The draft choice Washington sends to Montreal is Anaheim’s second-round pick in 2009, previously acquired in exchange for center Brian Sutherby.

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17 Responses to TSN: Habs Netminder Huet is a Cap

  1. keydet says:

    If this isn’t writing on the wall for Kolzig, I don’t know what is…

  2. vt caps fan says:

    What the guys on TSN said, this guy is a 30+ year old goalie who’s only played in 1 playoff series and is a bit shakey.
    I don’t really think he’s an upgrade from Olie… I think Olie stays and this guy is part of another package for a bigger splash.
    (more wishful thinking on my part probably)

  3. Zack says:

    IMO Huet is an upgrade over Olie. What is Huet’s contract situation?

  4. turquoise_donkey says:

    I believe he is an UFA this summer (at the end of a 2 year he had with the habs).

  5. Zman says:

    Good news, see you later Brent Johnson.

  6. Bob says:

    Trade not a surprise. Surprise is that it’s from the east. Would have thought it would have been a western guy — Lalime or Khabi from Chicago or Rolostop from Edmonton. Good move nonetheless.

  7. So we basically traded Sutherby for Huet? Give GMGM some credit there. That’s amazing.

  8. Gustafsson says:

    A bonus for Huet….. he doesn’t have to change pads.

  9. Don’t forget that 1) the Habs are up against the cap and Corey Price makes the rookie minimum. Huet would not take that and stay in Montreal. So they got something instead of nothing for him.
    2)This gives the Caps the chance to see how he fits with this team before he becomes a UFA so they know whether or not they can sign him as a bridge between Kolzig and their young goaltending prospects.

  10. Strikeman says:

    I dont see the Caps ending the day with 3 Goalies on the roster, something else is along the line.
    I hope Eminger gets moved.

  11. Good trade. The Caps needed a reliable stop-gap in net before Neuvirth and Varlamov come up.

  12. The Peerless says:

    There is no down side to this trade…none. If Huet turns into Baby Huey, they paid a second-round choice (or, Brian Sutherby, if you will) to find that out, and they don’t have to think about re-signing him. If he can push the Caps into the top-eight, he could get a look as a “bridge” goalie between Kolzig and Macheslamovirth.
    To get a goalie with his record over the past three years for a low-second round pick? Nice trade.

  13. SpartyCuse says:

    Caps arent going to carry 3 goalies down the stretch. Somebody, maybe Huet, maybe Olie, maybe BJ, will be gone by 3pm.

  14. Meza says:

    Maybe Kolzig goes to Vancouver to back up Luongo and is near his home.

  15. Sergei Federov is a Cap!!!!

  16. 121212 says:

    huet is not a upgrade over olaf kolzig
    huet is terrible

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