Do you know how Patrick Roy ended up with Colorado Avalanche? He let in 9 goals on 26 shots during an 11-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings and asked for a trade. Avs had Forsberg and Sakic, but they didn't have a good goalie. The same season he was traded to the Avalanche, Roy helped lead them to their first Stanley Cup. He played for Colorado until his retirement in 2003, adding another Cup and capturing a record third Conn Smythe Trophy in 2001.
Now back to the future. Huet goes into slump after that wild game where Ovechkin scored four goals against him, he was clearly shaken by Ovechkin. Canadians trade him to Washington Capitals. We've might witnessed a great moment in Caps history.
Globe & Mail:
Montreal: The cover headline of the Journal de Montréal, in response to the Canadiens trading starting goaltender Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals, read: Un Pari Risqué (a risky bet). Red Fisher of the Gazette wrote: "So, yes, I'm surprised that Huet is gone. It's a mistake." Team 990 afternoon host Mitch Melnick said fan reaction was running 80-20 negatively to the Huet trade.
The Hockey News, comment by David Kramer:
Huet has a career .917 save percentage. This is better than that of Lundqvist (.916), Kiprusoff (.915), Giguere (.915), Legace (.915), Turco (.914), Vokoun (.913), Brodeur (.913), Roy (.910), Khabibulin (.907), Belfour (.906), Joseph (.902), and nearly everyone else -- although not as good as Hasek (.923) or Luongo (.920). In the '05-'06 season, Huet led the NHL in save percentage, and then was .929 in six playoff games. I would hardly call this playing "fairly well" or being a "work in progress." If Canadiens management didn't recognize him as a bona fide starter, then that reflects poorly on them, not on him.