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Report: Hasek looking for a multi-year deal

Jul 12, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

Dominik Hasek AP

Dave Davis of Kukla’s Korner is reporting that agent and former Twitter enthusiast Ritch Winter is in pursuit of a multi-year NHL contract for his client, Dominik Hasek.

Davis is also reporting that Buffalo GM Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff met with Hasek to hear the 47-year-old goalie’s sales pitch to return to the NHL. However, the Sabres aren’t interested, so Winter will keep knocking on doors.

Hasek’s last NHL game was on April 16, 2008, when he was with the Detroit Red Wings.

He last played professionally for Spartak Moscow of the KHL in 2010-11.

Frankly, we’re not sure what’s more outrageous – that Hasek wants to make a comeback at age 47, that he wants a team to give him a multi-year deal, or that the Leafs haven’t signed him.

Related: Current, former goalies think Hasek could return to NHL

  1. govtminion - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    I hear 29 NHL GMs laughing their butts off about this… and silence from Brian Burke.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      I wouldn’t even be surprised if Burke signs him and he’s starting in goal Opening Night.

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Hasek is still better than any Leafs goalie, that’s the amazing truth in all of this. Hasek can still play.

    • dhawks19 - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      Burke has a tough desicion whether to sign Hasek or Huet

  2. elemeno89 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    he’s prolonging the retiring of his number by the sabres when he does this. ted black has stated that when hasek retires for good, the number will most likely be raised by the franchise.

    for hasek i could understand that hearing that kind of claim could cause a rendition of a “mid-life” crisis, putting a for sure end on one’s playing career. for someone who loves the sport, it could be hard finally being able to let go…

    • jrsaffell - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Leafs need a proven goalie, can’t get much more proven than Hasek. They only need him to win 30 games, even Reimer can eek out enough wins after that to get them in the playoffs.

      • silversun60 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        By that logic they should go after Gretzky to be their #1 Centre.

      • govtminion - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:02 PM

        Do you honestly think Hasek can do that though? Ten years ago, maybe, but now? With that awful defense in front of him in Toronto, facing offenses like Ottawa and Boston in the division? Thirty wins?

        I think he can win thirty in two years, but not in one.

      • jrsaffell - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Luongo is not coming to Toronto. Bernier is not coming to Toronto. Bringing in Hasek will cost almost nothing and he’s an option.

        2 years for probably less than 1 million a year. Not like the team doesn’t have spare change and hasn’t had dead weight on the books before.

        The #1 Center role will at least be acceptable. The goalie situation is bad, real bad when you look at the D in front.

        Hasek will be cheap, no harm in trying him out.

  3. jrsaffell - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Do it Burke.

  4. balewsquare - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I love Hasek

  5. dallasstars9 - Jul 12, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Multi-year deal for a multi-year person. I think he plays with a cane instead of a goalie stick at this point.

  6. ray2013 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Hasek will be in the Hall of Fame when he finally retires. But he relied on agility and foot speed as a player, and you have to think that at 47, he would see a decline in both. I guess if I had a chance to earn several million dollars riding the bench, I’d take it, and to heck with anyone who wanted to complain about it. But I don’t think it ends well.

  7. handsofsweed - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    I wonder how he did when he was w Spartak 2 yrs ago. Wonder if Howson would take him as part of a deal for Nash? Wait. Maybe Shero can sign Mario Lemieux and Hasek, then trade the two of them, a first rounder, Brian Strait and Tyler Kennedy, a Primanti’s franchise, a pair (no, make it a row) of Pitt football season tix and a picture of the Stanley Cup and Lombardi Trophy for Nash?

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      Hasek has been same ole same ole since leaving the NHL. Had a .921 S% and 2.26 GAA in the Czech league and .915 2.48 in the KHL.

      • jrsaffell - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        Drop that save percentage by .01 and raise that GAA by .3 or .4 and you have worst case scenario for him in the NHL.

        If he can just stay injury free, he’ll be fine. That is a big if though.

  8. charleslouis99 - Jul 12, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Winnipeg should’ve signed him
    him mentoring the young pavelec lol

  9. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    He’s so old he was on Arliss.

  10. mianfr - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Looks like we’ve got a regular Gordie Howe here…

    • govtminion - Jul 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      Or Favre.

      • jrsaffell - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

        Except more championships and MVPs. Also has some other really nice hardware including a gold medal.

  11. kitshky - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    The best thing about some Leafs fans is that less than 100% of Leaf fans laughed at the absurdity of this headline.

    • kitshky - Jul 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      Damn! … *didnt laugh at the headline

  12. superross - Jul 12, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Even if he has lost most of his skills, he would probably be a great option for the Laughs! Go ahead Burke, give him a 12 year deal!

  13. capsrockva - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    I can’t believe @ 47 he’s trying to come back into the league. If somesigns him then they better hope they’re getting Hasek not the old one, cause as a caps fan he’s frustrated me for years.

  14. redwingsfan999 - Jul 13, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Hasek in my opinion was the best goalie 2 play the game, but come on he’s 47 now, the khl is not nearly as competitive as the NHL, if he does come back I can’t see him playing more than 40 games

  15. cheers4ablumpkin - Jul 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Caps need to sign him

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