Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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.

Goaltender comparison
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.


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At 12:00 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Price outplayed Huet for about 2 weeks.

Cue the Dryden/Roy comparisons.

At 12:01 p.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder why Huet's value is 2nd round pick while Campbell's value is 1st round pick + 22 year old forward.

What is your opinion on this James?


At 12:02 p.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep in mind, Montreal has had decent past success with first year playoff goalies, moreso than most clubs.

At 12:14 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger saskhab said...

Montreal doesn't need the pick, that's my beef with this. Might as well have kept him for insurance down the stretch.

At 12:24 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Bad trade for Montreal. A 2nd rounder NEXT season isn't worth goaltendig depth for a team that should be vying for the Conference title
2) Great deal for the caps. They get a younger starting goalie, AND now can trade Kolzig for an additional asset. (Ottawa?)

At 12:28 p.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This deal doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me unless they have another deal for a goaltender in the pipeline. Whether or not Price has outplayed Huet is debatable, but it would have been nice to have an experienced starter in case Price flames out. Certainly more valuable than a 2nd round pick...

At 1:01 p.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't figure this one out. A team like Montreal with a well stocked farm and a real chance to win this year needs Huet more than they need another prospect. Even if they go with Price, having Huet as on the bench would be a good insurance policy and take a ton of pressure off a young and inexperienced goaltender.

Also, a 2nd rounder is all they could get for him? Why didn't Ottawa get involved? I know they are division rivals but the Habs could just as easily meet the Caps and Huet in the postseason and I'm sure Ottawa would have given up more than a 2nd rounder.

At 2:16 p.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm shocked. I certainly hope Montreal is gonna announce something else today. Huet is a class act, he was the perfect person to help Carey Price getting used to the nhl. I'm really worried now...
And a second round pick seems pretty cheap to me. I imagine the goalies market was prety bad for sellers, but still...

At 10:24 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Adam C said...

They've as much as announced that they're satisfied whether or not they have playoff success this year. It's a little odd, although Gainey has certainly been in Price's corner this year.

I'm slightly disappointed, too, that Washington may not be giving Kolzig one good playoff shot after all the crappy teams he's had to play behind. He stuck it out while they deliberately tanked and now he may have to ride the pine...

At 12:30 a.m., February 27, 2008, Blogger Old said...

Curious for Montreal to deal Huet in the conference.

At 12:35 p.m., February 27, 2008, Blogger Bill Needle said...

Huet is no better than Price and Huet is gone in the summer. Canadiens trade a "perishable asset" (JFJ-speak for UFA) for a pick and their goaltending doesn't change.
Price is gonna be the man in Montreal, they might as well admit it sooner or later.


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