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Cristobal Huet vs David Aebischer

  • One of the first questions Canadiens management will have to answer is the goaltender situation.

    David Aebischer stated that he wants to stay in Montreal but only if he can be a #1 and start 50 or 60 games.
    Cristobal Huet is up for a contract renewal and he surely deserves a raise over his $456 000 modest salary.

    When Bob Gainey traded Jose Theodore for David Aebsicher it was first speculated that Aebischer was just part of a larger deal that would soon follow. He was not and the Canadiens competed down the stretch with 2 “startable” goaltenders . Aebischer did see some minor action and received major criticism after a slow start.

    What will the Habs do? If Aebischer is making demands and the Canadiens management feel better about Cristobal Huet as their #1 then Aebischer may be packed up and shipped out in the off season. With confidence in Yann Danis and Carey Price further down the line the Habs goaltending future is the least of their concerns.
    Yann Danis could back up Cristobal Huet at the start of the next season and fill in the backup role quite nicely.

    Aebischer could still be a hot commodity for teams desperate for goaltending and maybe packaged with some of the more expandable Canadiens be good enough to acquire a real player in return.

    Can you see the Canadiens snubbing Cristobal Huet and starting next season with David Aebischer? Doubtful.

  1. #1 J-Nic says:
    May 5, 2006 at 2:03 pm

    What if Huet get a BIG contract elsewhere ? We want to keep Huet and he want to stay in montreal but I highly doubt he would refuse a couple of millions from another team, instead of the may be 2-3 millions we will offer him here.

    What if Huet can’t play that well next year ? He did a good half-season, nothing more. He was a good goaltender but in some games he didn’t look that much good. He wasn’t looking that good in the last games and in the playoff somtimes he felt like he was not always sure of himself and where the puck was.

    Aebischer will have to go somewhere else probably if Huet sign back with Montreal. But we need to be careful, some teams will know about it and will try to get him for barely nothing. I hope Gainey won’t let him self trap, I don’t mind if we have to keep it for a part of the season until a team need a goaler and don’t mind to trade it for a big player.

    May be someone will like to have him, with Zednik and some other player we don’t need (bonk) ?

  2. #2 Jack says:
    May 5, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    This is where Bob Gainey and the rest of the braintrust show their poker-playing abilities. We all know that ideally the Habs would like to re-sign Huet and achieve a great deal for Aebischer (one that allows Abby to start and gives the Habs some positions they need filled).

    However, Huet and his agent must be drooling at the opportunity to test the free-agent market. He’s paid his dues and must feel he should cash in: at 30, he doesn’t have a full career left. I would not be surprised for the negotiations to go south quickly if his agent becomes over-aggressive.

    The jokers in Gainey’s hands: Abby is good enough to start and the kids are ready within a year or two.

    I believe Huet will stay, but it should be interesting how it all goes down.

  3. #3 PACTUM SERVA says:
    May 5, 2006 at 7:47 pm

    abbey and zednik to vancouver for bertuzzi lol kidding

  4. Huet was amazing this season, but can we afford another bust? Was Huet only this good because it was contract season? I don’t know. The best option is to sign both and trade one of them.
    We need to trade 1 of the goalies, Zednik, Sundstrom, Ribeiro and Bulis (free agent) to make a serious run for the cup.
    Team needs are:
    1. second line centre man (free agent’s that would fit the team) Jason Arnott, Marc Savard or Brad Richards (Ribeiro just sucks. This guy is not Bob Gainey or MTL material)
    2. A true #1 D-Man – Redden, Jovo or Chara (would love Jovo. Souray is a liability and only good on the power play. Markov is not consistant and a no show in the playoffs)
    3. A “BIG TIME” scoring winger to replace Richer 1989 (it’s only been 17 years since we had a 50 goal scorer)
    – Bertuzzi, Selanie or Elias would fit that profile (maybe trade for St.Louis or Vinny in Tampa, they need a goalie)

    Bottom line guys we’re not that far away. 3 pieces to the puzzle and start planning the parade. July 1st is FREE AGENCY let’s keep our fingers crossed.

  5. #5 Rob says:
    May 6, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    Here’s the new draft:

    Dear producers of HNIC:

    We, the fans of the most winning and storied professional hockey team in the world’s history, demand a return of our team to the regular CBC national broadcast. Our Canada has never been, and will never be a Leafs’ nation! Les Canadiens should be for all Canadians!


    Your name here
    A Habs’ fan

    If you have written already, write again! Send it to Hockey Night in Canada (, the CRTC ( and every other Habs fan that you know! Hell, send it to Ken Dryden while you are at ( Let your voice continue to be heard until it is the Habs that are back in the national spotlight.

    Oh, to actually respond to the goaltending question! The Habs should try and sign Huet, of course. He was awesome this year, but the Canadiens have also been burnt in the past by placing too much stock in players who have a single good year (ie. Jose Theodore, Stephane Richer, Gary Leeman, etc., etc., etc.) If Huet wants to stay in Montreal, it’s a win-win situation for both. If he wants to break the bank for his excellent half season of goaltending, Gainey should let him go elsewhere. Despite Huet’s excellent season, Huet’s ability to be a franchise goaltender still remains in question, and I not sure that too many teams (particularly with a salary cap in place) would be ready to take the gamble that he is for real. The Canadiens are also already fairly deep when it comes to goaltending (Abby, Danis, Price, etc.)

  6. #6 Rob says:
    May 6, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    By the way, Aebischer is no slouch either. In his six starts with the Canadiens, HE won four, and was named a Molson game star on four occasions also. He won his last three regular seasons starts against the likes of Buffalo and Ottawa. It is true that he looked pretty shaky in a couple games against the Penguins, but even then, he did win one of those games. I wouldn’t really characterize Aebischer’s performance with the Habs as a “slow start.”

  7. #7 Nick says:
    May 6, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    The management is upset w/ Huet after the way he blew the series. He will be gone. Aebischer will lead the Habs to another Cup.

  8. #8 Phil says:
    May 6, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    Nick …get a life one with purpose…like maybe bird watching.. basketball mowing grass or something other then watching hockey…jeez what a stupid comment.

  9. #9 Phil says:
    May 6, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    The Canadiens WIll move Aebischer for better gain .Gainey has already said there is no room for two starters and will do his best to sign Huet.

  10. #10 Gilmour says:
    May 6, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    Nick- nice comment ‘aebischer will lead the habs to another cup.’ thats as unlikely as it is for Huet to leave Montreal

  11. #11 PACTUM SERVA says:
    May 7, 2006 at 9:11 am

    How did huet blow the series for us? Is it because he stops 40 shots a night? Nice try but hab fans are a little smarter than leaf fans. Go post on the tml site buddy.

  12. #12 joey says:
    May 7, 2006 at 11:51 am

    I don’t think Huet blow the series for us, but I was expecting, he wins the series for us. Maybe it’s too much to ask for him, but judging how he played during the regular season, it wasn’t impossible.

    Given the real need for good goaltending around the league, I think Huet can get 3-4 mil with free agency. Gainey, I think will not go more than 2.5, given that he can easily sign Aebischier for 2.0 mil. Incidently, Gainey did not think Theodore was worth the 4.5 mil he gave him, but did it because there was nobody else to replace Theodore. Right now Gainey has options, and I don;t think he is willing to give 3+ mil to an unproven goaltender.

    Huet needs to decide how much he likes montreal. If money is more important to him than playing in montreal, we will lose him. Kovalev has to make a similar decision in sept 2005 and obviously picked montreal.

    I think Huet will stay in Montreal. We should sign him for 2.5 mil / year for 2 years.

  13. #13 PACTUM SERVA says:
    May 7, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    I think he will be in the range of 2 mil to 2.5 mil no more no less.Any more than 2.5 will be crazy and very risky.Gainey wont make the same mistake twice.Dont get me wrong i love huet but show me a full season of play under a new contract.

  14. #14 Phil says:
    May 7, 2006 at 6:25 pm

    2 mil a year sounds about right.I do believe Aebischer is great trade bate..there are a lot of teams need a quality goaltender.

  15. #15 Gumper says:
    May 7, 2006 at 11:19 pm

    Should be an interesting summer all around for trades. I realy think we should sign Huet. Not for the money thrown around here though. Maybe a Mil + bonuses for the first year (200 grand for 40 wins) but definately not for 2+ million for the first year. It should be incentive based. I saw Abeischer play. I wasn’t impressed at all. This guy doesn’t work his angles and he’s slow, period. Cut him loose. Dannis is very good and he played well while Huet was out. Price is still a year or so away.

    As for free agent signing… why not Sundin? or even Markus Naslund? (will he retire this year?) There’s going to be loads of quality players available this summer because of the lock-out year and prior obligations and contracts. I have a feeling that individually, many free agent players want a change of scenery and they’ll sign with clubs you’d never thought they’d go to. Overall.. teams will want to get speedier players. Nonetheless, Gainey’s a person who takes his time and bases his descisions objectively and in the context of what will make the team better…. so you just might see alot of familiar faces back on the team next season, with a few surprise additions.
    Bertuzzi who? No thanks.

  16. #16 mel (#1 fan) says:
    May 9, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    Nice comment pactum serva… your right huet did not blow the series for us he did his best and if the players would have played good on game # 3 and 4 we could have swept the canes off the playoffs… we had a 2-0 lead and we put it to waste??? but now for another comment i truly believe that people who say bad things about ribeiro have no right to do so because he led our team in scoring in 2003-2004 and i truly believe that he has the potential and the takent to stay with the mtl canadians… he just needs the chance to show his true talent… the chance that he needs is the oppurtunity to stay with his favorite and home town team… he can make a difference if he’s placed with the right trio.I also think that trading huet would be the biggest mistake gainey would ever do because huet is the one who actually gave us a shot in the playoff season… but this is just my opinion… i think that we should trade bulis cuz he doesn’t even want to be with us anyway and he’s no good and we should also trade sundstrom and streit / they are the ones with no talent and the ones who should be traded… not mike ribeiro :)

  17. #17 Nic's says:
    May 10, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    I think the Habs should Huet for a month or two into the next season and see how he does.

  18. #18 Nic's says:
    May 10, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    I think the Habs should keep Huet for a month or two into the next season and see how he does. whoops.

  19. mel (#1 fan) Mike Ribeiro had his chance. When Koivu went down mid-season he was promoted to the 1st line and failed. When he was rolling around on the ice in the 2003 playoffs like he got hit by a bus, The Rocket was rolling in his grave. Please DO NOT defend a guy like this, how dare you! You clearly have no idea what it takes to be a HAB if you cheer for Ribeiro idiot.

  20. #20 mel (#1 fan) says:
    May 11, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    stop being soooo rood Mr stevejur ribeiro is a good guy and player for the habs with a big heart and potential i truly believe that he can make a difference if he is placed with the right players in the right trio… and i’m not defending him cuz nomatter what i say it’s not going to make a diffrence it’s gainey and carbonneau and hopefully they make the right decision to keep mike ribeiro and richard zednik…
    other than riberio who do you think should leave the habs team???? please answer back… thanks i love ribeiro hahaha

  21. ….mel, out with Ribeiro, Zednik, Bulis and Sundstrom. These guys are no use to us.
    Replace Ribeiro with either Richards, Arnott or Sakic
    Replace Zednik, Sundstrom and Bulis with Elias, Bertuzzi, Selannie etc. the list is long.
    We’re almost there, but I’m sorry Ribeiro will not be here next season.

  22. #22 Pero The Hero says:
    May 19, 2006 at 3:59 pm

    i still miss theo…..he was my hero:(

  23. I can not see the Canadians starting off with anyone other than Huet in goal. It would be nice for them to have Aebischer as a back up but they will still do nicely without him. Their main foal should be to secure Cristobal Huet for as many years as they can. He is a great talent with a lot of good years ahead of him. I have seen Aebischer play a few times and am not overly impressed. He has his moments like so many other so-so goaltenders but not the consistency. Stick with Huet.

  24. David Aebischer is the best!!!!!

  25. yo mene cristoballe huet des mon preferer gardien

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