Chicago Blackhawks: How Will They Spend Cristobal Huet’s $5.6 Million?

May 26th, 2012 by Michael Gibbons Leave a reply »
The day has finally come. The Chicago Blackhawks don't owe Cristobal Huet any more money.

Huet was signed on the first day of free agency in 2008. His four-year deal was worth $22.4 million and, along with the contract given to Brian Campbell, was a sign the Blackhawks wanted to win again.

Unfortunately for Huet, his stay in Chicago lasted only two seasons. He has spent the last two years on loan to HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA of the Swiss National League A. The reason for this move was to relieve salary cap issues.

Huet was carrying a $5.6 million cap hit. That is a lot for a guy who ended up being a backup goaltender. He was beat out by Nikolai Khabibulin in his first year and Antti Niemi is his second year with the team.

While not great, he wasn't ever truly bad. During his two seasons he went 46-29-8 with a goals allowed average right around 2.50. Those are pretty comparable numbers to Corey Crawford.

Crawford is 63-35-13 with a 2.51 goals allowed average in the past two seasons. 

Now that he is gone, the Hawks find themselves with some money to spend. While his salary was no longer counting against t ...

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