Chicago Blackhawks: Five Worst Free Agent Signings Ever

By Brian Kinkade
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2. Cristobal Huet

This was a strange one. Cristobal Huet signed a 4-year $22.5 million contract with the ’Hawks prior to the 2008-09 season. Huet had just been dealt by the Montreal Canadiens to the Washington Capitals at the 2008 trade deadline. Huet was having a solid season for the Habs in 2007-08, so this was a curious move.

Looking back, it was clear Montreal knew something that we didn’t. Huet was moved to clear room for a rookie named Carey Price. Should we do a “Where are they now?” Didn’t think so.

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Huet’s offseason signing with the ’Hawks would have made sense if Nikolai Khabibulin wasn’t simultaneously finding his groove in Chicago. Huet put up a very “meh” .909 save percentage in 41 games. He was awful the next season, with an .895 save percentage in 48 games played.

He was lucky enough to be part of the 2009-2010 ’Hawks’ Stanley Cup championship team but was shipped off to the Swiss-A league as part of the 2010 offseason salary cap purge. Had Huet’s contract not been on the books in the 2010 offseason, it’s hard telling who would have been able to stay on the team heading into the 2010-11 season.

We will never know …

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