When you think of the Montreal Canadiens, goaltending might not be the very first thing that comes to mind when looking back at their history. After all, the talent in other positions could occasionally overshadow the netminders.
But, it's undeniable that the Canadians have had some outstanding goaltenders don their jersey over the last 108 years.
Today, since the fad has gone for both forwards and defenders, we take a look at the greatest goaltenders in Montreal Canadians history. We begin our countdown with Cristobal Huet a goalie that only spent three seasons
He had been the first French born goaltender to make it into the NHL.
He had already represented France in the 1998 Olympic Games -- where he made two starts -- and three World Hockey Championships. Huet's functionality in international play wasn't stellar, but for a younger goalie to get thrown into global competition as he was, it is tough to get high expectations.
Huet posted a 1.95 goals against average throughout 39 games in his draft year whilst playing for HC Lugano in the Swiss National League.
He made the transition into North America during the 2002-03 season, where Huet played with the vast majority of the year together with the Manchester Monarchs, where he had a 2.29 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 30 games. Huet also made his NHL debut with the Kings and played in 12 matches, in which he had a 2.33 GAA and a .913 sv%.
Huet played another full season with the Kings before being traded to Montreal in June of 2004. He was transferred, along with Radek Bonk into Montreal in exchange for Mathieu Garon along with a 2004 third-rounder.
Habs fans had to wait a year to see their brand new goaltender in action because of the lockout season in 2004-05. When NHL hockey did restart the next season, Huet divide time at the crease with Jose Theodore.
Huet would play another season and a half for the Habs. In February of 2006, Huet was sent out of town, to Washington for a 2009 second-round pick. He played in 13 games to the Capials, as well as seven playoff games for them.
The goaltender would play another 2 seasons in the NHL with Chicago, where he won his first and only Stanley Cup as a member of the 2009-10 team.
Huet abandoned the NHL and returned to the National League at 2010, where he played for HC Frebourg-Gotteron. He has spent the last five seasons with Lausanne HC and will probably be enjoying with his sixth season with the team in 2017-18 in 41 years-old.
The goaltender is most likely most famous nowadays for his appearances with the French National Team.
Huet has appeared in two Olympics (1998 and 2002) for France, and 11 World Championships for France in his career. But his conduct in global hockey came to an end in May when Huet declared his retirement from International Hockey following the 2017 Championships, which occurred in France.
Huet is one of the best goaltenders in the history of the Montreal Canadians. Even if his period with the club has been shorter compared to other members on this record, his record and achievements alone make him a spot as one of the best to step into the crease for the bleu, blanc et rouge.