Cristobal Huet: Shocking trade
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The Canadiens, in a trade that is nothing less than a shock, have dealt veteran goaltender Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals for a 2009 second-round draft choice. In fact, the pick is Anaheim’s, meaning it will be considerably lower than had it been Washington’s own.
Huet is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but there was no indication the Canadiens were planning to move him. However, the team’s decision to start Carey Price tonight, after the 20-year-old’s lacklustre showing on Saturday against Columbus in a 3-0 Montreal loss, did raise more than few eyebrows at the Bell Centre.
Jaroslav Halak has been recalled from Hamilton, asked to leave the ice there to catch a flight to Montreal, where he’ll back up Price tonight.
Unless the Canadiens make another deal today regarding their goaltending, they’ll hit the playoff stretch run with two netminders who have a combined zero games of post-season experience.
Price, now hearing his name in the same breath as former Canadiens playoff rookie goalies Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy, was at the Bell Centre this morning when the deal was announced. He had no comment about the transaction, but said he’d talk about it after tonight’s game.
Huet’s career statistics are below, as well as the Canadiens’ release on the deal and Halak’s recall. More to come.
Cristobal Huet’s career stats, as published at nhlpa.com: