Goaltending Controversy Doesn't Exist

David Aebischer beat Edmonton in Montreal’s last game Tuesday and will be in net again Saturday at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, if there’s any rivalry between him and fellow goaltender Cristobal Huet over who’s #1, they’re doing a good job of hiding it.

This article is exclusive to HTR and TheHabsFan.com.

Guy Carbonneau will probably zero in on one of them to be his go-to guy down the stretch but in the meantime both goalies are being rotated in two-game pairs, and so far it’s been going well for Montreal. That means Huet will start Monday in Ottawa and Wednesday at Tampa.

For now, it seems that both goaltenders are happy with Carbonneau’s schedule. They both also have pretty stellar numbers, although Aebischer started stronger while Huet had a relatively tough start.

“We get along well, our wives get along well, they’re both Swiss,” Aebischer said Friday to the Associated Press. “I mean, we’re teammates. I think it’s much easier and it’s better for the team if the two of us get along than we if couldn’t stand each other.”

“We get along and that makes for a good atmosphere,” said Huet. “We push each other. We try to stay in the net, too. After all it is a competition. But it’s very healthy. And it’s good for the team. I hope David does well when he’s in net and he hopes the same for me.”

Eventually at some point in the season, probably near the trade deadline, the team will be forced to decide between the two. It would be unheard of if they continue to platoon during the playoffs, and if the club is in the playoff hunt (as seems likely), then GM Bob Gainey will be eager to use either as an asset to fill a need. The contracts may play a role, too. Aebischer is an impending UFA, while Huet is already signed for next season at an affordable $2.75M.

A third, but less likely, option may be to simply keep both past the trade deadline and then deal with the chance of Aebischer walking away during the offseason. But if this year’s trade deadline is anything like last year’s, there will be a premium for proven goaltenders, and either one of Montreal’s goalies could be very attractive.

If you consider what other goaltenders have been worth recently on the market (e.g. Dwayne Roloson for a 1st round pick, and Marc Denis for Fredrik Modin), then the Habs may have a very nice problem on their hands.

22 Responses to Goaltending Controversy Doesn't Exist

  1. habswinthecup-again says:

     This is a good read and it bodes well for the Habs, but why is it on this site?

  2. PastParticiple says:

    You forgot 3 words in your title to make it perfect and these words are : UP TO NOW.

    Be sure there will be one in January when Carbo will have to choose between Aebischer and Huet, one of these two might be upset.  The problems aren't started, let them come … altough we don't want to see them.

    Wait for Philly GM to call and use Gagné as a trade bait. 😛

    Wait and see …

  3. Monsieur_no says:

    Huet or Aeby for gagné? when? Now!

  4. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:


    lol funny how tsn had the same article pretty much a day earlier.

  5. revolution says:

    I'm sorry if you folks don't like it and think only rumors should be on here, but I'm not the one who decides that.

    Anyways, if you don't like reading about stuff other than rumours, then just don't read the articles I write I guess 😉

  6. revolution says:

    Well, it would be nice if they came knocking with Gagne, but dont count on it.

    Philly is in such a bad situation right now that even if their interim GM wanted to, he probably would never get permission to move guys like Gagne and Forsberg.

    The Flyers will be really out of it come trade deadline, so they might just ride it out with what they have and hope for good draft position.

  7. gg_idiot says:

    Wonder if there is a controversy after tonight?

  8. KovyFanatic says:

    Controversy, eh.

    It's more than likely a controversy that they are well capable of handling, and having. It's likely, and evident that it's better than having a worse goaltender. Trade Deadline will be the day that Abeisher will be shipped, I am sure of it…

    I'd say Ilya Kovalchuk for David Aebsicher, haha, that's funny, right?! Too bad!

  9. 92-93 says:

    i dont think its 'unheard of' to see 2 goalies competiting for the top spot going into the playoffs. look at carolina and buffalo last year, both teams had solid goalie tandems that could have went either way.

    Montreal has a good thing with their tandem. their problem is lack of grit up front, lack of depth down the middle, and taking way too many dumb penalties (aren't they like in the top 5 in the NHL in penalties?).

    tonight's game underscored that fact. if you give up too many penalties – especially against a fairly effective PP unit – you are going to give up some costly goals and lose any momentum in a game.

    If the Habs have to trade one of their goaltenders to get a gritty forward, i'd do it. If i were Gainey, i'd go after Nolan and trade one of the two goalies for him. there could be a prospect or pick thrown in there too. Nolan isn't having a great season right now, but he is a plus on a team that is full of minuses, he can add that grit that the Habs need right now.

  10. Air33 says:

    why not? its alot better then some of the garbage on here.

  11. Air33 says:

    what are the odds of that?

  12. DeathCab says:

    Wow, funny how this person took the TSN article, then claims that it's exclusive to 2 other websites.

    As for the actual article, I don't really consider having 2 decent goalies battling for the #1 job a controversy.  In fact, I think it's a spot most people would like to be in.

  13. revolution says:

    Nolan would have a real tough time keeping up with the speedier forwards on the Canadiens though, and he definitely wouldn't reduce the number of penalties being taken…in fact, he would probably increase it.

  14. DeathCab says:

    I'm still waiting for you to write your first one.  This is just a summery of the TSN article!  You even left in the same quotes from the players.

    This does NOT count as writing an article. In fact, considering that you didn't mention the TSN article anywhere, it's closer to plagiarism.

  15. 92-93 says:

    not necessarily. the kinds of penalties he takes are not dumb ones even if he is a bit slower than the norm. and he isn't that slow either.

    you overestimate the habs' speed (they looked pretty slow last night) and the very real need for a grit up front.

  16. 92-93 says:

    i meant to say you underestimate the need for grit.

  17. revolution says:

    I'm just not sold that he's got anything left – it seems like Phoenix has become the home for over the hill former stars e.g. him, Roenick, Joseph and of course Hull last season.

  18. revolution says:

    Wow, funny how there is nothing in this article that is from the TSN article unless you count what Aebischer and Huet were quoting as saying

    Have you even read what you're claiming has been ripped off? 

    It's on the same topic, that's it.

  19. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    philly is trying to dump a useless goalie not add another

  20. bleedingblu says:

    Oh baby what a game!!

  21. revolution says:

    As I mentioned in the other post – there is nothing in this article that is from the TSN article unless you count what Aebischer and Huet were quoting as saying.

    Compare each article – they just aren't the same.

    It's on the same topic, that's it. And yeah I will admit undoubtedly that those quotes are from TSN, but should I cite them? It's quite obvious that I can't go out and interview players and get quotes from them.

    You're still waiting for me to write my first one! Wow. Considering my first article on this site was back in 2002 (http://www.hockeytraderumors.com/article2680.html), I'm surprised that I'm never written any. I suppose they wrote themselves.

  22. MARKK says:

    well its been a while since ..huet obviusly has the best save% but at the end of the day aebischer needs to be a number 1 if he was he win 35 games every year til he retires hes excellent look at 2003-04 and in the playoffs he was great…who knows maybe abby against carleina they woulda won 4 in a row..both great goalies but abby is a number 1 and would prove it given alot of games…he should probally get dealt to a team caus alot can use him..get montreal sum offence in a trade maybde

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