Spector's Hockey: Why did Huet apply for arbitration?
Spector's Note: That was the question asked by regular contributor "Word" a week ago regarding Montreal Canadiens backup goalie Cristobel Huet, after he sent me a link from the LA Kings official website that noted Huet re-signed with the club before he was dealt to the Habs. I e-mailed Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, who checked into this matter with the Canadiens. According to the team, Huet had agreed to a new contract with the Kings but there were still minor details being worked out before he would actually sign. Thus, Huet was still without a new contract when he was dealt to the Habs during the draft weekend, making him a restricted free agent eligible for salary arbitration. Hickey says a Canadiens spokesman told him the team hopes to have a settlement with Huet before his case goes to arbitration. My thanks to Mr. Hickey for getting back to me on this.
Some interesting comments. Getting Huet signed before he goes under arbitration would be awesome. I personally could see him being signed for a short-term deal, around 475k-500k per year.