The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the team has signed two-time All-Star free agent defenseman Brian Campbell (6-0, 191) to an eight-year contract and free agent goalie Cristobal Huet (6-1, 204) to a four-year agreement. (Pronounced Cris-toe-bal Hu-Aye)
Campbell, 29, has appeared in 411 career NHL games and totaled 195 points with 35 goals and 160 assists. He has also appeared in 47 career playoff games, having scored four goals and 16 assists. Last season he played in 63 games with Buffalo before a trade deadline deal sent him and a 2008 seventh round pick to San Jose on Feb. 26, 2008, in exchange for Steve Bernier and a 2008 first round pick. After joining the Sharks, Campbell posted a six-game assist streak from March 21 to April 1 when he tallied 19 points (3-6-19) in his first 20 games after joining the Sharks. He was among the NHL’s best defensemen and finished tied for third in points (62) and second in assists (53, tied for 12th overall). He also led the NHL in ice time per game (29:19) in 2007-08. In the 2008 Playoffs with San Jose, he scored seven points off one goal and six assists in 13 games.
Huet, 32, appeared in 52 games last season while playing for the Montreal Canadiens and the Washington Capitals. He was acquired by the Caps on February 26, 2008, from the Montreal Canadiens for a second round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Huet posted a record of 32-14-6, a .920 save percentage and a 2.32 goals against average with four shutouts. His .920 save percentage last season tied for fifth in the NHL while his 2.32 goals against average tied for ninth. In the 2008 playoffs, he played in seven games and posted a 3-4 record with a .909 save percentage and a 2.93 goals against average. In his career, Huet has appeared in 183 NHL games while posting a record of 83-61-24, 17 shutouts, a .918 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 7th round (214th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, he has played for the Kings, Canadiens and the Capitals.