Today we get to make fun of French import Cristobal Huet as he is #3 on my list of most hated Chicago Blackhawks. Here is another guy didn’t stand much of a chance due to the contract he was signed to, which isn’t his fault. In the summer of 2008, general manager Dale Tallon needed to make a huge splash in free agency to show the league that the Blackhawks are for real and will be a destination for future free agents. He turned quite a few heads by giving Brian Campbell an eight year $57 million contract and Huet a four year $22 million contract on the opening day of free agency. I understand why Tallon needed to overpay for top tier free agents, but there was no way in the world Huet was worth the money he was given. Huet was traded from Montreal to the Washington Capitals at the trade deadline in 2008 and had a great run in DC. He went 11-2 with a 1.63 GAA and .936 save % down the stretch for the Caps. He could not carry that over into the playoffs as he went 3-4 with a 2.92 GAA and a .909 save %. Those 13 games made Huet a ton of money that Tallon was more than happy to give to him.
Huet’s overall numbers with the Hawks were not terrible, but they were not worth the money he was getting paid. In fact, his numbers are not much different than what Corey Crawford put up this past season. Huet did have seven shutouts in two seasons which is seven more than Crawford. The problem with Huet was that he let in too many soft goals. He was very inconsistent, one night he would look like an all star and the next he would look like he had never played hockey before. Oh wait, who does that remind you of? He was signed to a big contract to be the number one goalie but he could never hold on to the job, whether he was battling for the number one spot with Nikolai Khabibulin or Antti Niemi. He would get me so mad by giving up juicy rebounds or being so slow going post to post I actually asked some French nuns to give some new swear words, in French, to yell at him. You know you suck when I am asking nuns with help in cursing your name. The worst memory of Huet was a game in Minnesota on Jan 9th of 2010. The Hawks had a 5-1 lead going into the 3rd period and ended up losing 6-5 in a shootout because Huet completely wet the bed. He gave up a goal to Kim Johnsson that was assisted by Andrew Ebbet and Derek Boogard. That might be the worst line on a goal in the history of the game!! Thank the Hockey Gods that the Hawks wised up and banished Huet to the AHL and then “loaned” him to a Swiss team with no intention on ever taking him back.
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