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Report: Kings, Canucks express interest in Huet

Aug 7, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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As noted by Kevin Woodley of In Goal Magazine, former Chicago netminder Cristobal Huet told French news outlet L’Equipe he’s been in contact with Vancouver and Los Angeles about a return to the NHL.

“Huet tells L’Equipe [he] talked with Kings and Canucks,” Woodley tweeted. “No surprise on latter if/when trade Luongo [occurs].”

Woodley also notes Huet has a good relationship with Vancouver goalie coach Rollie Melanson.

Huet hasn’t played in the NHL since serving as Antti Niemi‘s backup during Chicago’s Stanley Cup victory in 2010. That was followed by a “loan” to Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss League, a clever way for the ‘Hawks to make his massive cap hit disappear.

Funny thing happened in Switzerland, though — Huet found his game. He posted a .932 save percentage and 1.99 GAA last season and, coincidentally, his albatrossian four-year, $22.5 million deal expired.

In early July, Huet told In Goal he wanted back in North America.

“I still belong, I’m better than some other guys, and I’d like another shot,” Huet said. “I’d love to come back, but I know once you are out of the league a little bit guys tend to forget about you and that’s the nature of the beast.”

Now 36, Huet would be a solid veteran presence in a backup role. That’s key, because both rumored suitors — Vancouver and L.A. — are both rumored to be shopping one of their goalies (Jonathan Bernier, Luongo.)

Both teams could be interested a cheap, veteran presence behind Cory Schneider (26 years old) and Jonathan Quick (also 26).

  1. jacketsfan7 - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Didnt huet play for the kings once?

  2. blomfeld - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    HOPEFULLY THE “APOLOGISTS” WON’T SEE THIS !

    Now I’m on record here for not liking Luongo and his selfish ways, etc. But man, talk about a “low blow” from Halford, eh ? … “Luongo is an “NHL-calibre” goaltender” ? Holy crap, the Luongo lovers and apologists are sure to go “ballistic” when they see that ! At any rate, this is just another testament as to how far Luongo’s stock has fallen this past year. Only two years ago, he was still being referred to by his admirers as the “best goalie on the planet”. Yet today, people like Halford are now calling him just an “NHL-calibre” goaltender ? His fall from grace has been truly breath-taking and absolutely unbelievable. But again, no tears from me. The man is lavishly wealthy and he’ll continue to be that way for the rest of his life, thanks to Mike “Einstein” Gillis …

    • Mike Halford - Aug 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      In my defense, that was my ham-fisted way of trying to classify Bernier/Luongo in a similar category. It didn’t work. Said reference has been stricken from the record.

      • elvispocomo - Aug 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

        And blomfeld looks looks like just a bit more of an idiot now. Way to stay on topic man, obsessed much?

      • blomfeld - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:16 PM

        Au contraire my friend …

        The sarcasm, wit, puns, irony and funny pictures here at PHT are like the special “seasonings” which make a great meal “great” ! All you guys do a great job, though I will say that comrade Dadoun “knows the deal” best, when it comes to discussing our glorious LA Kings ! :)

      • blomfeld - Aug 7, 2012 at 11:38 PM

        LUONGO Negligees Now on Sale … only $9.99 !

        Listen Pocomo, if anyone’s an “idiot” around here then that would be you ! You Luongo apologists think that the world is a “doll house” and that it’s all “play” money … well more wrong you couldn’t be ! Anyone who signs a $64 million dollar contract for twelve years and then quits on his team after only two years in, is not only an idiot, but a complete loser ! What’s even worse though are people like you, the lovers and apologists, who still don’t get it … that my friend is the definition of an idiot !

        An ode to Luongo and his new role on the Canucks …

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