Besides, how do you know Hasek leaving was not by his choice? Were you there when Holland had to call security to eject him from the lockerroom or something?
HD, it was widely publicized that after Hasek's injury he attempted to hang out around the team, especially when the playoffs started. He wanted to chill in the locker room, etc. And he was basically told not to come around.
Hasek, who won his first Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with an option year at $3 million. Should Ottawa win the Stanley Cup, Hasek would earn $4 million in bonuses, The Canadian Press reported.
"We've gotten a goaltender who's one of the best," Senators general manager John Muckler said. "This is an exciting time for the hockey team."
The move was not a surprise. Ottawa received permission from Detroit to speak with Hasek even before the Czech star became an unrestricted free agent last Thursday.
Detroit must have really wanted him back, letting Ottawa talk to him and all.
Originally Posted by HockeyinHD
Hey, you're the guy who can apparently read Hasek's mind, DJ. Far be it from me to question that.
Look, my position is based on the evidence. Hasek is strange in many ways, but he's been consistent - if he plays, it's going to be for a select few teams. And he's not going to demand much money. Before the Sens signed Gerber, Hasek attempted to get another shot there.
Hasek return looks likely in Ottawa
Despite not playing a game in the Senators' short-lived playoff run, the team is leaning towards bringing back to aging goaltender for one more year.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that unless GM John Muckler has a change of heart, Hasek will be the No. 1 guy in 2006/07. Age aside, it hard to argue with had a .925 save-percentage at the time of his injury and a 28-14-0 record.
Garrioch is reporting that Hasek is willing to play for between $750,000-$1.5 million next season, with a contract that will include incentives.
Once Ottawa shot him down and went in another direction, that was it. Hasek even told his wife he was done. He never expect Holland to come calling.
You can believe whatever you want. The only real question is if Dom wants to play another season. And at 43, he won't get a chance to retire and un-retire again. The next time he walks away, that's it. So I believe there's a good chance he'll return for an encore, at least based on how it's gone so far.
Last edited by doublejack: 05-11-2007 at 12:37 PM.