Let's put on our "just suppose" caps for a moment, and let us ask this question...
Just suppose, for the sake of argument, that the Caps had never signed Cristobal Huet at the trading deadline last year. We would still have the problem we had coming into this year of who would be the "bridge" between Olaf Kolzig and either of Simeon Varlamov or Michal Neuvirth.
If someone had come to you and said, "look, we can get a former Vezina/Hart trophy winner, who is at his worst a 'serviceable' goalie, who costs about a million less than Kolzig, who has expressed a desire to play for this team as that bridge..."
...would you be sneering at the prospect today?