Christobal Huet was introduced in Chicago yesterday as one of the new Black Hawks after signing a 4-year contract with the team. He will compete with Nikolai Khabibulin for playing time in what is easiest the best tandem in the NHL.
The Black Hawks will be a very exciting team this year to watch with their combination of top young talent (Kane, Toews, Seabrook, to name a few), very good veterans (newly signed defensman Brian Campbell), and the goalies. There is the making of last year’s Pittsburgh Penguins in Chicago – they should be a lock on the playoffs (finally…) and could make a run for the Cup out of the West.
Many people are interrested to see how Huet and Khabibulin will work together. Both have large contracts and are used to be starters. Most believe Khabibulin will be traded before the deadline next spring. In the end, as Huet says, working within a tandem with another top goalie makes you a better goalie. As the article quotes Huet, competing for playing time will benefit both as well as the team.
“To play, you have to play well, you have to deserve your ice time,” Huet said. “You’re going to get what you deserve.”