It is clear that French-born Cristobal HuetÆs aspirations as a Number One Goaltenderùand not just in Chicagoùare riding on this season's performance. á When then-Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon signed Huet for four years at over five and a half million dollars per, Cristobal was coming off a stunning end of season stint with the Washington Capitals: 11-2, a 1.63 GAA, 2 shutouts and a .936 save percentage. In a hot UFA market, reportedly wooed by the Capitals and Red Wings as well as the Hawks, Cristo cashed in as he approached his 33rd birthday. á With elite pay came elite expectations: áthat Cristobal would be, as they say in his homeland, ælÆhomme de la situationÆùthe man for the job. More than a few hockey writers expressed skepticism ranging from doubt to condemnation ...
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