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Huet starting 55 games?

View Poll Results: Will Huet start 55 games this year?
yes he will end up starting around 55 or more 51 83.61%
no he wont start that many games for the year 10 16.39%
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11-25-2006, 10:33 PM
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Huet starting 55 games?

Does anyone think Huet could end up starting 55 games for the Habs this year?

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11-25-2006, 10:51 PM
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Seems realistic.

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11-25-2006, 11:30 PM
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No. Unless Aebischer gets traded the habs will always ride the hot hand. When Huet struggles (and he will), Abby will get the call for a couple games and vice versa. When you're in the position Montreal is in (right now), Huet won't play 55 games.

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No. Unless Aebischer gets traded the habs will always ride the hot hand. When Huet struggles (and he will), Abby will get the call for a couple games and vice versa. When you're in the position Montreal is in (right now), Huet won't play 55 games.
I disagree. 55 games is like Huet playing 5/7 games, which I think is what is going to happen. Abby is a better starter than he is a backup imo, and Gainey will look to deal him.

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11-26-2006, 02:48 AM
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[QUOTE=Shabutie;7174738]I disagree. 55 games is like Huet playing 5/7 games, which I think is what is going to happen. Abby is a better starter than he is a backup imo, and Gainey will look to deal him.[/QUOTE]

Not this season. Having two capable goaltenders is the new NHL. Buffalo is in the same predicament and Biron has agreed to stay with them this year for a chance at a Cup run.

In this salary cap era you'll start to see more teams holding onto players until season's end and letting them walk at the end of their contracts. Of course they'll do this if they are contenders and that player can help the team get there. If the team shows no signs of making the playoffs or contending for the Cup you'll see teams trade players to get something in return before their contract runs out and they become a free agent.

Letting a player become a free agent accomplishes two things. 1) Clears cap room for the team 2) Team can still try to sign the player like any other team on the market.

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11-26-2006, 03:58 AM
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55 seems to be a really really realistic number IMO. I can see him finishing the season with something like:

30-16-9
2.15 GAA
.926 Save %
6 Shutouts

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A Vezina nomination

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He should.

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11-26-2006, 01:04 PM
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Even if those were Huet's final year numbers(and I dont think they will be quite that good if he ends playing 55 games although it would be nice) would he really have a shot to win the Vezina? With guys like Brodeur and Kiprusoff and maybe Vokoun playing 70+ games and having a much better shot to tally up wins as a result that would be almost impossable IMO.

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Even if those were Huet's final year numbers(and I dont think they will be quite that good if he ends playing 55 games although it would be nice) would he really have a shot to win the Vezina? With guys like Brodeur and Kiprusoff and maybe Vokoun playing 70+ games and having a much better shot to tally up wins as a result that would be almost impossable IMO.
Obviously if a goaltender plays less games they'll win less games (most likely). 55 games is quite enough to be considered for the Vezina. If Brodeur has more wins than Huet, but Huet is better is 2 other categories (GAA and SV%) then that would give Huet the the award. If Huet can also boost up his shutout count that would also be a factor. If hust can accumulate 30-35 wins in 55 games I think that's plenty even if Brodeur get's 40-45 wins.

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55 seems to be a really really realistic number IMO. I can see him finishing the season with something like:

30-16-9
2.15 GAA
.926 Save %
6 Shutouts

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A Vezina nomination
huet is the next theodore!!

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11-26-2006, 08:02 PM
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Obviously if a goaltender plays less games they'll win less games (most likely). 55 games is quite enough to be considered for the Vezina. If Brodeur has more wins than Huet, but Huet is better is 2 other categories (GAA and SV%) then that would give Huet the the award. If Huet can also boost up his shutout count that would also be a factor. If hust can accumulate 30-35 wins in 55 games I think that's plenty even if Brodeur get's 40-45 wins.
Didnt Turco have best SV% and GAA% in 2003 and finish behind both Belfour and Brodeur due to games played and wins? I thought he was in the 50s in games started that year too.

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Didnt Turco have best SV% and GAA% in 2003 and finish behind both Belfour and Brodeur due to games played and wins? I thought he was in the 50s in games started that year too.
I'm not really sure. Dont' forget that the nominees are voted for by a committee of GM's and coaches from around the league, so I guess stats really don't have to matter depending on who they favour.

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