This should be fun.
According to a report from a Czech newspaper, passed along by CBC's Elliotte Friedman, goaltender Dominik Hasek may be looking to make a return to the NHL.
Zdenek Matejovsky of Czech station TV Nova showed me an article from newspaper "Daily Sports" indicating Dominik Hasek is in N. America...— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 25, 2012
and wants a return to the NHL. Hasek: "For sure, I know what I want...even my agent, he knows...but I'm not going to make any comments."— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 25, 2012
A couple of things to keep in mind here.
For one, Hasek is currently 47 years old. For some perspective, there was only one goalie in the NHL during the 2011-12 season over the age of 40, and that was Tampa Bay's Dwayne Roloson (42).
Hasek hasn't played in the NHL since the 2007-08 season when he was a member of the Detroit Red Wings, and if you recall correctly it didn't exactly go all that well for him. He was eventually benched during the playoffs in favor of Chris Osgood as the Red Wings went on to win the Stanley Cup, defeating the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.
He is one of the best players (forget goalies ... one of the best players, period) to ever play in the NHL, and always one of the most entertaining due to his unorthodox style (just watch the highlight clip posted above). But this seems like it's nuts. How much of a market is there for a 47-year-old goalie that hasn't played in the NHL since 2008, and wasn't all that great even then?
Since leaving the NHL he's spent one season playing in the Czech Republic, and then played one year in the KHL during the 2010-11 season.
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