I'd like to start off by saying that, like Legionnaire, I believe that many of the teams mentioned as having interest in Hasek, including the Kings, are there by virtue of speculation, rather than any legitimate source of information. Next, I'd like to say that, personally, I have no interest in Hasek. I didn't agree when Detroit tried to bring him back last season, and I don't agree with Ottawa doing it now. Optimistically, the guy has 2 years left in the tank at most.Why Detroit and Ottawa would gamble on him when they had/have two younger, above-average starters is something that I don't understand. It makes even less sense for the Kings to sign him. Right now, this organization needs a solid, fairly young starter who can hold the reigns while it attempts to get the goaltending situation on the farm in order. Hasek does not provide that. He may have been one of the best tenders in the league and he may be remembered as one of the best to ever play the position, but, he is not what this or any other organization mentioned in that article needs at this point. I am of the opinion that the Kings will/should simply hang on to Cechmanek until his contract runs out and then look for a reliable tender at the end of next season (unless Cechmanek were to make a miraculous return to the form of his Flyer days).
If any goaltending deal were to go down this year involving the Kings and Hasek, I'd rather see him go to the Sens and have the Kings trade for the rights to Lalime. However, any netminder deal that we make is contingent upon our ability to get rid of Cechmanek, something that I do not see happening.
Last edited by kingsfan25: 06-13-2004 at 11:34 AM.
I am very interested in what Checkmanek will bring to the table this year. He has 1 yr under him. I think this guy is to good to have another bad year. Wonder if the injuries he suffered last year are still bothering him.. Lets sign Ziggy first. I am getting a little nervouse about this one