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07-09-2010, 09:06 PM
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Huet to...Europe?

Per Strickland twitter

http://twitter.com/andystrickland

"Don't rule out the possibility of the Blackhawks lending goaltender Christobal Huet to a team over in Europe."

Good way to free up his salary without losing picks/prospects dumping him on another team

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There is talk he is going to go back to Swiss league if his agent can find a team he fits

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so the hawks have to pay him, but he won't count against the cap?

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He had no choice

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Wishful thinking is all this is

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No choice really. If you do the math there is no way for the Hawks to ice a full roster without making Huet's entire contract disappear (whether via Rockford, Europe, or trade). The only alternatives would involve moving 1-2 more decent-sized contracts like Sharp & Bolland (with or without a Huet buyout), but Chicago's obviously not planning to do that or it would have happened already.

Didn't think Wirtz would have the stones to eat $11 million, but it looks inevitable at this point.

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Wishful thinking is all this is
How is it wishful thinking?

Huet doesn't have a NMC and Chicago has cap problems. Huet is either going to Europe or the AHL, and I, personally, would want to go to Europe given those choices.

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Wishful thinking is all this is
No it isn't. See Michael Nylander. Played in AHL and in Finland (unfortunately), salary didn't count against the cap.

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When you think about it, it's kinda "sad" .

The guy might never play in the NHL again. Why? Because someone gave him an enormous contract. Not because he isn't good enough to play in the league.

It's an unfortunate situation. Yeah, I know, the guy is making 5 million/year, but still, it sucks. Especially considering all he had to go through, to make it to the NHL, in the first place.

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When you think about it, it's kinda "sad" .

The guy might never play in the NHL again. Why? Because someone gave him an enormous contract. Not because he isn't good enough to play in the league.

It's an unfortunate situation. Yeah, I know, the guy is making 5 million/year, but still, it sucks. Especially considering all he had to go through, to make it to the NHL, in the first place.
Yea, it would be nice for the NHL and NHLPA to find a solution to these crappy contracts that some GMs like to give certain players.

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Huet, like Nylander, would have to clear waivers and re-entry waivers in order to be loaned to a team in Europe. I can see him making waivers but for $2.7 million or so, I'd take a chance on him, even if I were the Nashville Predators or even Detroit Red Wings to screw Chicago into accepting the other half of Huet's salary. That would be funny.

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When you think about it, it's kinda "sad" .

The guy might never play in the NHL again. Why? Because someone gave him an enormous contract. Not because he isn't good enough to play in the league.
Must not have watched Huet this year

Worst starting netminder in NHL , Only person to blame for Huet being on outs of NHl is Huet

If he would have played like an NHL caliber goalie we might have been able to trade him

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Huet, like Nylander, would have to clear waivers and re-entry waivers in order to be loaned to a team in Europe. I can see him making waivers but for $2.7 million or so, I'd take a chance on him, even if I were the Nashville Predators or even Detroit Red Wings to screw Chicago into accepting the other half of Huet's salary. That would be funny.
Hawks have no obligation to put Huet on re-entry waivers

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Yea, it would be nice for the NHL and NHLPA to find a solution to these crappy contracts that some GMs like to give certain players.
If Huet doesn't like it he can forfeit his 11.5 million in coming salary and go thru unconditional waivers thus becoming a UFA (Sykora as example)

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Honestly, if true, I'd like to see the next CBA address this issue. I.E., still counts against the cap. No disrespect to the hawks(work with what you got in the CBA), but being able to lend players overseas or in the minors kills the original intention of a salary cap.

You sign them, they count no matter where they play.

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When you think about it, it's kinda "sad" .

The guy might never play in the NHL again. Why? Because someone gave him an enormous contract. Not because he isn't good enough to play in the league.

It's an unfortunate situation. Yeah, I know, the guy is making 5 million/year, but still, it sucks. Especially considering all he had to go through, to make it to the NHL, in the first place.
are we empathizing with the poor, rejected millionaire? Who will make his money whether or not he plays for the Hawks?

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Yea, it would be nice for the NHL and NHLPA to find a solution to these crappy contracts that some GMs like to give certain players.
Of course they could, get rid of the guaranteed contract. Lets see if the NHLPA will go for that because the NHL would be on that like a fat kid on a smartie. But the big market teams would exploit the hell out of that loophole.

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Wishful thinking is all this is
Get a calculator, the Hawks can't dress a lineup with Huet on the team. It's inevitable.

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Honestly, if true, I'd like to see the next CBA address this issue. I.E., still counts against the cap. No disrespect to the hawks(work with what you got in the CBA), but being able to lend players overseas or in the minors kills the original intention of a salary cap.

You sign them, they count no matter where they play.
That's only if you view the intention of the cap as punishment for GM's, rather than a real accounting of what the team's using. The Hawks aren't getting any use out of him at the NHL level, he's not even on the roster, so why should he count towards their cap? It's their business if they want to waste a ton of real money to pay someone to play in Rockford or to pay them not to play for them at all (i.e. a loan).

The penalty/"punishment" here is that they are going to have to pay him a large amount of money (all or most of what's left, depending on if they can negotiate some compensation via a loan) and get no use out of him for it.

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Wishful thinking is all this is
Actually this is pretty old news just being brought back out. Huet was interviewed over a week ago and said he already knew he was not in the Hawks plans moving forward (His agent and Stan Bowman spoke). He told the reporter he hoped to find a team in Europe to play with rather than have to play in Rockford (AHL).

Huet will not be on the Hawks cap the only question is where he will be playing.

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are we empathizing with the poor, rejected millionaire? Who will make his money whether or not he plays for the Hawks?
The empathy, or even sympathy, is not for the millionaire but for the poor, rejected young man who wants to pursue his dreams of playing in the NHL, and who wants to be given every opportunity to earn that opportunity.

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Honestly, if true, I'd like to see the next CBA address this issue. I.E., still counts against the cap. No disrespect to the hawks(work with what you got in the CBA), but being able to lend players overseas or in the minors kills the original intention of a salary cap.

You sign them, they count no matter where they play.
They waive him

Its not like they are just sending him over. They will waive him, any team in the NHL can take him. If nobody does, they assign him to the AHL, and then loan him to Europe.

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The empathy, or even sympathy, is not for the millionaire but for the poor, rejected young man who wants to pursue his dreams of playing in the NHL, and who wants to be given every opportunity to earn that opportunity.
He's not that young but I agree.

Huet is a tremendous person and a really decent goaltender. He was always bailing the Habs out and maybe it's all this extra pressure that's getting to him this year.

He was loved by his teammates too, back in Montreal.

Hip Hip Huet

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Moving Huet will have no effect on the salary cap until just before the start of the season.

It will not help their cap situation this off season. Haven't we already discussed this before about a month ago?

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