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Cristobal Huet and Michael Nylander also waived in cost-cutting moves

Sep 25, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for cristobalhuet2.jpgWhile Wade Redden was the first of the notable waiver victims today, there are two others that were placed on waivers this afternoon to help their teams legally lose some money off of the salary cap. If you think that these names will be surprising, then I don’t know what to tell you.

Chicago placed goalie Cristobal Huet on waivers while the Washington Capitals did the same with forward Michael Nylander. Huet hitting the waiver wire is likely the last piece of business that needs to be taken care of before he’s loaned to a team in Switzerland. Huet is losing his spot in Chicago thanks to the Blackhawks supremely poor salary cap management. Also because Cristobal Huet is in no way worth $5.625 million a season against the cap for the next two years.

As for Nylander, he’s been through this dance before with the Capitals last season. After being placed on waivers, Nylander spent some time on loan to the Grand Rapids Griffins in the AHL as well as Jokerit in the Finnish Elite League. Nylander has one more year left on his deal and he’s got a cap hit of $4.875 million. Expect Nylander to either play in the AHL or work out a deal to play in Europe once again.

  1. Tony Fradkin - Sep 27, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    Honestly, no matter how silly it might sound, Nylander should be claimed by the Leafs. With all the trouble they got at center, he would be a perfect fit. Finger should be dealt and Kadri demoted to clear salary space. Nyles, i believe, could still be very productive.

  2. John - Sep 27, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    “Huet is losing his spot in Chicago thanks to the Blackhawks supremely poor salary cap management. Also because Cristobal Huet is in no way worth $5.625 million a season against the cap for the next two years.”
    How many teams are right at the cap (or above) this year? If I remember correctly, the Hawks just won the Stanley Cup and are picked by most experts to be a top 6 team again this year. But ignorant comments like those above (as well as all the offseason remarks about “dismantling” imply that they don’t have 5 of their top 6 forwards coming back, their top 4 Defensemen and a slew of hot young prospects. The fact is Huet was beaten out by Antti Neimi during the season (and since the Finnish Zamboni driver elected to lose with the Sharks), the Hawks will show that Turco and Crawford will actually do just as well behind the best defensive team in the NHL.

  3. Paul - Sep 27, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    John talk about ignorant, Neimi didn’t elect to lose with the sharks, he won his arbatration hearing and because he hawk are right at the salary cap they elected to go another way. You also have to admit they did lose a lot of role players and are now depending on an older goalie, which lets face it Turco is no Brodoure, I’m far from a devils’ fan but he has put good numbers time and again.

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