Hasek in his prime: Most feared goalie by players?
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12-29-2012, 11:14 PM
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You're talking about Ted Nolan, the guy who's effectively blackballed from the NHL for being impossible to work with. That entire Sabres team was dysfunctional, and went on to have its best stretch in franchise history after Hasek forced management's hand.
Also, his playoff save percentages seem to disagree with the whole coming unglued thing. And regardless of what Barnaby said, he stood up for Hasek each and every time an opposing player tried anything. Even vaunted tough guys Richard Smehlik and Darryl Shannon jumped Gino Odjick after he hit Dom, so clearly he was doing something right.
While his numbers weren't anything to be embarrassed about, you are overlooking some of the issues that plagued Hasek during the playoffs. Didn't he pull himself out and decide to sit out some playoff games from a mysterious injury that was never disclosed? And this was after Ted Nolan's departure.
He also contemplated retirement after being eliminated in 7 games by the Pens in the 2nd round of the 2001 playoffs. He was a bit of a prima donna and got all hissy when things didn't go his way. He was not as invulnerable as some have made him out to be.
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