Toujours l’homme de bon ton

When he played for the Canadiens, Cristobal Huet was a stand-up guy, taking the blame for losses and sharing the credit for wins.

Le cousin, as the French press call him, is that kind of person: a gentleman and a diplomat.

No surprise, then, that Huet is saying all the right things about sharing the workload with Nikolai Khabibulin.

Huet told the Chicago Tribune he is looking forward to battling for ice time during the 2008-09 campaign before taking over the No. 1 job the following season when Khabibulin’s contract expires.

"We’re going to push each other to play and to compete," Huet said. "It’s going to benefit the team. He’s definitely a great goalie. There’s going to be competition, obviously, [but] it’s always like that with any NHL team. This year is going to be a little more than the average team, but it’s great. We’re going to work together and make it happen every night so we can [get] some wins."

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In his column, Lyle Richardson – aka Spector – looks ahead to the 2009 free agent market.

Here’s his take on the Canadiens:

C Saku Koivu, D Mike Komisarek, RW Alex Kovalev, LW Alex Tanguay
Komisarek has emerged as one of the league’s best shut-down defensemen so expect the Habs to re-sign him before next summer. Koivu has long been a Canadiens mainstay but might have to accept less money to stay in Montreal, while contract extensions for Kovalev and Tanguay depend on their performances this coming season. 

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TSN has a feature on Canada’s Under-18 team, which will play at  the Ivan Hlinka tournament in Slovakia.

The one to watch if you’ve started thinking about the 2010 draft: Windsor Spitfires forward Taylor Hall.



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