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The young Blackhawks took a major step forward last season, making their first postseason appearance since 2002, but when it came time to play the games that counted, Nikolai Khabibulin was between the pipes, leaving Huet to stew on the bench. Now that Khabby's bolted to Edmonton, it's up to Huet to lead Chicago to the conference finals and beyond, and prove that he's more than just a $5 million backup.

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