Hawks coach Joel Quenneville made it official Thursday. Goalie Cristobal Huet won't be at training camp.
Asked if Huet was going to be at camp on Thursday, Quenneville simply said "No."
The Hawks' plan is go with new starter Marty Turco and longtime prospect Corey Crawford as the backup. Hannu Toivonen also will get a chance, competing for time this preseason.
Huet has a cap hit of more than $5 million and that simply doesn't work for the Hawks, who made several salary cap-driven moves this summer (as everyone knows). Huet is expected to be loaned to the Swiss League.
''Nothing is finalized yet," Hawks GM Stan Bowman said earlier this month about the potential deal. "I don't have any new news to report. It's looking like that's a possibility. Hopefully it will work out for him and for us, but it's not finalized yet. It's ongoing. We're trying to get it wrapped up."
The Hawks would still pay Huet if he is loaned to Europe, but he would be off their books. Huet played in the Swiss League before coming to the NHL.