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Cristobal Huet stays in Europe, signs four-year deal with Swiss club

French goalkeeper Cristobal Huet saves h

French goalkeeper Cristobal Huet saves his net on May 12, 2012 during a preliminary round game of the International Ice Hockey World Championship against team Switzerland in Helsinki. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages)

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The NHL won’t have Cristobal Huet to kick around anytime soon.

After rumors he was in talks with the Canucks and Kings, Matias Strozyk reports Huet has signed a four-year deal with Lausanne of the Swiss league. The team’s website confirms the signing (link in French) with the nearly 37 year-old former Blackhawks Stanley Cup winner.

Huet had said he was hoping to land an NHL deal believing he belonged in the league and he was better than some guys, but with the threat of a lockout and presumably good, secure money being thrown his way - Switzerland it is.

Huet’s contract with the Chicago Blackhawks expired this summer but he hadn’t played in the NHL since the end of the 2010 season. Unless he pulls some wacky Dominik Hasek-like stuff, we won’t likely be seeing him on North American ice again.