Canadiens trade Huet to Washington
TSN is reporting that the Capitals have acquired Cristobal Huet for a second-round pick.
Tyler Dellow had a great post last week on Washington's desperate need for a No. 1 goaltender, and given the low price here, I have to commend GM George McPhee for making this move. Washington's on the outside looking in but in hot pursuit of Carolina atop the Southeast Division, and they could potentially go on a run if they do get into the playoffs.
And Olaf Kolzig has been awful this season.
From the Habs' perspective, rookie Carey Price has outplayed Huet recently and they have a capable backup in Jaroslav Halak in the minors. It's still incredible, however, that one of the top teams in the league is now going with a 20-year-old first-year starter as its goaltender.
Huet is going to be a UFA on July 1, which obviously was a factor in the return here.
Huet: 21-12-6, 2.56 GAA, .916 sv%
Price: 12-9-3, 2.83 GAA, .909 sv%
You'd imagine the Habs get a veteran to split the duties with Price heading into the playoffs, as it's a lot to ask the youngster to takeover. If he falters, what then?
For Washington, Huet's a major upgrade. If Kolzig had a .916 save percentage at this point, the Capitals would have allowed 35 fewer goals with their starter between the pipes, which would improve the team to a 2.49 goals against average (10th best in the league).
Right now, they've allowed 3.00 per game, 25th in the NHL.