Huet's ready to make his return


Huet's ready to make his return

Former Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet wants to return to the NHL after playing in Europe over the last two years.

He was loaned to HC Fribourg-Gotteron SA of the Swiss National League A to provide salary-cap relief from the last two seasons of his four-year, 22.4 million contract after the team won the 2010 Stanley Cup. After spending the 2010 postseason on the bench and playing overseas, Huet is ready to prove he's more than capable to once again play in the NHL.

"I still belong, I'm better than some other guys, and I'd like another shot," Huet recently stated. "I'd love to come back, but I know once you are out of the League a little bit, guys tend to forget about you and that's the nature of the beast. But I still think I have something to show in the NHL, and to prove I still belong there. For me, it would be a great second chance to come back and play in the best League."

Huet added that his agent has spoken to a few NHL teams on the possibility of a return.

But Huet will have to be patient as the goaltending market has come to a halt as teams wait to find out where Roberto Luongo will end up. Recent statements from Canucks general manager Mike Gillis taught us that the team feels no rush in dealing Luongo, and if a deal does get put in place, it may not happen until after the 2012-13 regular season begins.

Huet was with the Blackhawks for the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, playing 89 games and averaging a .902 save percentage. He went 46-29-4 in Chicago and was selected in the seventh round of the 2001 draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

We've officially found the biggest Michael Jordan fan ever

We've officially found the biggest Michael Jordan fan ever

There are diehard Michael Jordan fans.

And then there's this guy.

Forget anybody getting a tattoo of their favorite team's championship trophy. Forget the people who wait for hours in terrible weather just to catch a glimpse of their favorite player.

This dude has a constant, 24/7 reminder of "His Airness":

Yep, that is a full tattoo of a Jordan "23" jersey on his back, complete with a Michael Jordan "autograph" in the middle of the "2." 

Dedication at its finest.

Couple questions: 

A) Does it carry over to the front at all? And if not, is that a plan for the future?

2) Will one of his buddies get a "45" Jordan jersey tattoo or are we just gonna continue to pretend that era never happened?

D) What will that tat look like in a few years? That guy better stay away from the Doritos...

Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7


Trey Burton, Adrian Amos earn Bears’ top grades from Pro Football Focus for Week 7

The Bears were not at their best against the New England Patriots on Sunday. They made plenty of mistakes on all three phases and gave Tom Brady too many opportunities to control the game.

It wasn’t all bad from Chicago, though. Trey Burton emerged as a new favorite weapon of Mitchell Trubisky, and the tight end was the Bears’ highest-graded player in the game by Pro Football Focus.

Burton had a career high 11 targets, nine catches and 126 yards with a touchdown, giving Trubisky a 144.7 passer rating when targeting his top tight end.

Seven of Burton’s targets and six of his catches traveled 10 or more yards in the air, according to PFF.

Defensively, safety Adrian Amos led the pack with a 74.6 overall grade. He did not miss a tackle after missing a career-high five last week, and he allowed only one catch for eight yards against the Patriots.

On the bottom of the scale, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd received the second-lowest grade of his career (38.9 overall) for his performance. He did not record any pressure on the quarterback in 13 pass rushing snaps, and he allowed two catches for 13 yards and a touchdown in coverage against running back James White.

Wide receiver Allen Robinson had a career-low grade as well at 44.9 overall. He was clearly limited by his groin injury, targeted five times with one catch for four yards and a dropped pass.

Overall, the Bears were able to stick with one of the top teams in the AFC while also leaving a lot of room for improvement. It’s a step in the right direction from where Chicago was in recent seasons.