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Habs hold on to Huet

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Netminder led the NHL in save percentage in 2005-06

Cristobal Huet recorded seven shutouts in 36 starts in 2005-06, second-best in the league.


MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of goaltender Cristobal Huet to a two-year contract (2006-07, 2007-08). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Cristobal Huet is a very valuable player to the Canadiens' organization. Last season, he led our team to a playoff berth, and more importantly, his playoff performances showed that he is amongst the top goaltenders in the NHL. We know that Cristobal likes the city of Montreal, we were convinced he wanted to stay with the Canadiens, and we are pleased to have him under contract for the next two seasons," said Gainey.

Huet, 30, completed the 2005-06 season, his third in the NHL, with a record of 18 wins, 11 losses and 4 overtime losses. He established career highs in wins (18) and shutouts (7).

A native of St-Martin d'Heres, in France, Huet won the 2005-06 Roger Crozier Saving Grace Award for the NHL's best save percentage (.929). He ranked fourth in the league with a 2.20 goals against average, and second in shutouts (7). Huet was named the Canadiens' candidate for the Bill-Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Huet was acquired by the Canadiens on June 26, 2004 from the Los Angeles Kings with Radek Bonk, in return for Mathieu Garon and a 3rd round selection in 2004.

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