According to a report on the Swiss site 20 Minutes Online, Cristobal Huet
will be loaned to Fribourg-Gotteron for the 2010-11 season by the Chicago Blackhawks
. Loaning Huet will save the Blackhawks over $5 million.
Huet's agent, Stephen Bartlett, told ESPN the signing was not official.
"We've talked, but it's not definitive at this point," Bartlett said. "We'll know if it will happen probably in the next couple of days."
With Marty Turco
signed to replace Antti Niemi
and Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman a backer of Corey Crawford
, a move of Huet to Europe or the minor leagues had been expected.
Huet appeared in 48 games for the Blackhawks last season, starting the season as the No. 1 goalie. He was 26-14-4 with a 2.50 goals-against average and .895 save percentage. He appeared in just one game, in the Stanley Cup Playoffs playing 20 minutes in relief of Niemi.