Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Huet To Return?
The Montreal Canadiens are in a playoff race. That's all it is. 6 teams, 3 playoff spots. May the best team win. But Montreal may have a big boost to their lineup by the end of the week.
#1 goalie for the Montreal Canadiens Cristobal Huet has been out more than a month with a tear in his left hamstring, an injury he suffered when saving an eventual goal against the New Jersey Devils on February 14th. As the results of tests on his hamstring came back, Huet was not expected to come back any time during the regular season.
But just over a week ago, Huet started skating again. As he started taking shots he looked in good form, good enough that he participated in a full practice on Monday. He was looking so good, that he may play in one of the Habs back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday against either the Sabres or Sens. Not 2 very good choices if a goalie is just coming back from an injury.
''It's possible but I want to make sure I'm ready before I make a decision to come back,'' Huet said Tuesday. ''I want to get some shots and see how I feel. I don't want to put the team in a hole.''
Huet isn't sure if he should return or not as he is unsure about the risk of re-injuring that hamstring. ''It's close to being healed,'' he said. ''But there's some damage close to the injury because of the work we put on the leg to come back this quick. That's why I have to see a doctor and figure that out before the weekend.''
One question to ponder about the Habs is, when Huet returns, who will be the backup?! Aebischer or Halak?