NHL Rumors: Dominik Hasek Denied By The Buffalo Sabres, Still Seeking Return
The Dominator, Dominik Hasek, made it clear a couple of months ago that he would like to make a comeback to the NHL. At 47 years of age, he claims that he is tip top condition and he will play in the NHL. Ritch Winter, Hasek’s agent, stated that “He will play, there is no option. He will play and he will excel and he will do all of the things he can do.” Hasek and his party feel that he will be a difference maker in the NHL and will prove that age is not a factor. At 45 years old, Hasek led his team HC Moeller Pardubice to a Czech league title and Hasek also took the playoff MVP honors. The next year, he led the KHL with seven shutouts and posted a 23-18-3 record.
Winter claimed that there was at least 6 teams interested. Hasek has been in talks with the Buffalo Sabres, but just recently the Sabres decided to pass on the veteran goaltender as they are very satisfied with their goaltending duo of Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth. Some other teams that may have interest are the Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the signing of Jonas Gustavsson taking the backup spot, it appears less likely that the Red Wings will have any space for Hasek. The Lightning however may take a chance with Hasek to help with the development of Anders Lindback and can’t be any worse than Mathieu Garon as a backup.
If Hasek doesn’t sign with a team come training camp, expect a couple teams to send out an invite to him. The Chicago Blackhawks may give him a shot at camp and could help Corey Crawford with his game. How crazy would it be to have Hasek start and finish his career with the Blackhawks. It was said that the Toronto Maple Leafs were not in on Hasek, but if they fail to resolve their goalie issues then he may be given a tryout. Some other teams I feel may give Hasek a shot are the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks (if Roberto Luongo is traded), or the Anaheim Ducks