Cristobal Huet

Cristobal Huet stays in Europe, signs four-year deal with Swiss club

The NHL won’t have Cristobal Huet to kick around anytime soon.

After rumors he was in talks with the Canucks and Kings, Matias Strozyk reports Huet has signed a four-year deal with Lausanne of the Swiss league. The team’s website confirms the signing (link in French) with the nearly 37 year-old former Blackhawks Stanley Cup winner.

Huet had said he was hoping to land an NHL deal believing he belonged in the league and he was better than some guys, but with the threat of a lockout and presumably good, secure money being thrown his way – Switzerland it is.

Huet’s contract with the Chicago Blackhawks expired this summer but he hadn’t played in the NHL since the end of the 2010 season. Unless he pulls some wacky Dominik Hasek-like stuff, we won’t likely be seeing him on North American ice again.

Video: Flyers, Bolts confirm 3-on-3 OT is pretty much the greatest thing ever


Well, the NHL’s two new initiatives for ’15-16 seem to be going swimmingly.

Not long after Ottawa successfully made the second-ever coach’s challenge, fans got their first look at 3-on-3 overtime.

And what a look it was.

In the span of 137 seconds, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers combined for eight shots on goal, a few breakaways, some tremendous saves — including one on a penalty shot — and, finally, Jason Garrison‘s game-winning goal on a breakaway from center, giving the Bolts a 3-2 win.

It was, in a word, fun.

Lots of fun.

A quick sampling of reviews:

Of course, not everybody was a fan:

Now, to temper things a bit — this was the first time we’ve seen 3-on-3 with something on the line, so there was a novelty factor at play. There’s also no guaranteeing future OT sessions will be as exciting as this.

But none of that takes away from the fact 3-on-3 made for appointment viewing, and immense entertainment value. The prospect of future games like this? That’s pretty exciting.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)


Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…