By: Ben Raby
Former Washington Capitals goalie Cristobal Huet says that hes ready to return to the NHL.
Huet turns 37 in September and has spent the past two years playing in Switzerland, but his name has surfaced in recent weeks as an intriguing option for teams looking to solidify their goaltending. On Tuesday the Frenchman confirmed to NHL.com that he is in fact looking to return to North America.
Huet joined the Capitals in a 2008 Trade Deadline deal with the Montreal Canadiens and soon became Washingtons No.1 goalie ahead of Olaf Kolzig and Brent Johnston.
Huet went 11-2-0 with a 1.63 goals-against-average and .936 save percentage in his brief time in Washington and his nine-game winning streak to end the regular-season helped the Caps clinch their first playoff berth in five years.
Months later Huet cashed in, signing a four-year 22.5 million deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. But after two sub-par seasons in Chicago, which including his being relegated to backup duty, the Hawks shipped him to Europe to clear space under the salary cap.
Now with his two years in Switzerland complete, and his four-year contract with the Blackhawks off the books, Huet is chomping at the bit for one more shot in the NHL.
In addition to the Blackhawks, Capitals and Canadiens, Huet also played for the Los Angeles Kings and has compiled a 129-90-11-21 NHL record with a 2.46 GAA and .913 SV.
ALFREDSSON RETURNING FOR 17TH NHL SEASON:
The Ottawa Senators confirmed Tuesday that captain Daniel Alfredsson will return for a 17th season. Alfredsson, 39, is Ottawas all-time leader in games played (1,131), goals (416), assists (666) and points (1,082) and is the NHLs longest serving active captain (Oct. 2, 1999).
Alfredsson was also an alternate captain for the 2006 Gold Medal winning Swedish Olympic team.