The Chicago Black Hawks put Nicholas Khabibulin on waivers today, a move that we suspect is probably is designed to free up some salary cap space for the Hawks, who then might address some of their more pressing shortcomings.
When the Hawks picked up Cristobal Huet in the spring last year, many figured that Khabibulin was on his way out of town at that point, and in fact there was some talk that he was Ottawa bound just in time for last season's playoffs. However, some unfortunate timing in the injury department took him off the trading block at a most inopportune time, leaving the talk of a potential move to work through the off season, picking up some currency once Huet signed on the dotted line.
Now two weeks into training camp, the Hawks it seems are looking to see if anyone wants to kick some tires, and pick up the Bulin wall in the last year of his 27 million dollar four year contract.
While the would be buyers check out the mileage and wear and tear on the chasis, the heavy lifting will most likely be moved over to the shoulders of Huet, who received a crash course in NHL travel arrangements upon his departure from the Candiens and then after his thirteen game session with the Capitals over the off season. Huet signed his own four year deal in July, set to collect 22 million over the term of his time with the Hawks.
The Hawks prospective number one keeper had a largely forgettable night Monday, facing but fifteen shots, he allowed seven to escape behind him as the Blue Jackets dominated the night and the score board 7-1.
While the Hawks are notorious for wanting to save money, perhaps they might be wondering if perhaps they should keep Khabibulin around for a while, especially if Monday night in Columbus was any indication of what's to come.