Cristobal Huet: The Fall and Rise of the Chicago Blackhawks Netminder

November 12th, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
It seems like yesterday that many Blackhawks fans, including yours truly, were calling for the Hawks to make a permanent change at the top of their goalie depth chart.

Cristobal Huet went through a terrible stretch in the middle of October, and many of the issues that lost him the starting goalie job to Nikolai Khabibulin last season became glaring holes teams were taking advantage of regularly this year.

Huet did not play very well in the Hawks' loss in Detroit, and then he was infamously pulled early in the first period of the Calgary game in which the Hawks climbed out of a 5-0 first-period deficit to win in overtime, 6-5.

When the Calgary game felt like the bottom for Huet, the Dallas game five days later was perhaps his low point as a professional.

After Antti Niemi started winning the fans’ favor and played well enough for wins in the Calgary and Edmonton games, Huet allowed four goals, at least two of which were embarrassing, to the Stars in a tough home loss.

The fans were booing, and the rumor mill was swirling with questions about the Hawks' willingness to continue giving the $5 million Frenchman chances, espec ...

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