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Capitals Acquire Goaltender Cristobal Huet from Montreal

by Staff Writer / Washington Capitals
Washington sends second-round pick in 2009 to Canadiens


ARLINGTON, Va. –The Washington Capitals have acquired goaltender Cristobal Huet from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Huet (KRIHZ-tuh-buhl YOO-iht), who will turn 33 on March 9, is in his fifth season in the NHL and played in the 2007 NHL All-Star Game. The 6’1”, 204-pound native of Saint-Martin-D’Heres, France, is 21-12-6 this season with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. He ranks 11th in the NHL in save percentage, 19th in GAA and 19th in victories. Huet has a pair of shutouts this season, most recently a 35-save effort against the Capitals on Jan. 29.

Huet has a 72-59-11-13 record in 170 career NHL games, with a 2.49 GAA and a .917 save percentage. He has 15 career shutouts and led the league in save percentage in 2005-06 with a .929 mark. Huet was the second French-born player to play in the NHL.

Huet was a seventh-round choice of the Los Angeles Kings in 2001 and made his North American debut in 2002-03 as a member of the Manchester Monarchs, where he played for Washington head coach Bruce Boudreau. Huet made his NHL debut for the Kings that season, posting a 4-4-1 record in 12 games, and played 41 games in Los Angeles in 2003-04. Montreal acquired him on June 26, 2004, with Radek Bonk in exchange for Mathieu Garon and a third-round draft choice.

The draft choice Washington sends to Montreal is Anaheim’s second-round pick in 2009, previously acquired in exchange for center Brian Sutherby.
                                                                                 
Cristobal Huet Career Statistics  
              Regular Season
Playoffs

Year

Team

League

GP

W

L

O/T

MIN

GA

SO

GAA

SA

SPCT

GP

W

L

Min

GAA

1997-98

France

Olympics

2

1

1

0

120

5

0

2.50

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

1998-99

Lugano

Swiss

21

-

-

-

1275

58

1

2.73

-

-

10

-

-

628

1.72*

1999-00

Lugano

Swiss

31

-

-

-

1886

50

8*

1.59*

-

-

13

-

-

783

2.22

2000-01

Lugano

Swiss

39

-

-

-

2365

77

6*

1.95*

-

-

18*

-

-

1141*

2.05

2001-02

Lugano

Swiss

39

-

-

-

2313

107

4*

2.78

-

-

1

0

1

60

3.00

 

France

Olympics

3

0

2

1

179

10

0

3.36

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2002-03

Los Angeles

NHL

12

4

4

1

541

21

1

2.33

241

.913

-

-

-

-

-

 

Manchester

AHL

30

16

8

5

1784

68

1

2.29

-

-

1

0

1

30

8.08

2003-04

Los Angeles

NHL

41

10

16

10

2199

89

3

2.43

961

.907

-

-

-

-

-

2004-05

Mannheim

Germany

36

-

-

-

2001

93

1

2.79

-

-

14*

-

-

850*

2.82

2005-06

Montreal

NHL

36

18

11

4

2103

77

7

2.20

1085

.929*

6

2

4

386

2.33

 

Hamilton

AHL

4

0

4

0

237

15

0

3.79

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2006-07

Montreal

NHL

42

19

16

3

2286

107

2

2.81

1280

.916

-

-

-

-

-

2007-08

Montreal

NHL

39

21

12

6

2278

97

2

2.55

1150

.916

-

-

-

-

-

NHL Career

   

170

72

59

24

9407

391

15

2.49

4717

.917

6

2

4

386

2.33

* League leader

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