07/01/2008 7:42 PM
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Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon understands that outsiders might be skeptical about his decision to tie up almost $12 million in goaltending next season after signing free agent Cristobal Huet Tuesday. He understands, and he doesn’t care.
“It makes us a better team,” Tallon said. “This goaltending tandem (Nikolai Khabibulin and Huet) is as good as there is. You can’t win without it. To be solid in goal and solid defensively was a top priority for us.”
Tallon has yet to talk with Khabibulin about today’s signing due to the whirlwind nature of the first day of free agency, but said he didn’t have to do much selling to Huet.
“We didn’t have to talk him into anything at all. I think he liked the situation here in Chicago and the direction the team is heading. He’s very high on Khabibulin and looks forward to working with him.
“We looked at where we are and what we needed to be successful and it starts at the back end. To have two quality goalies like this gives our young players the opportunity to make a few more mistakes and be more creative up top."