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Dominik Hasek began training for “NHL or bust” attempt this week

Aug 11, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

Dominik Hasek AP

As unlikely as it might seem, Sean Leahy passes along word that Dominik Hasek hit the ice this week to push his NHL comeback attempt into high gear.

Leahy reiterates Hasek’s aim: to attain a multi-year contract in the NHL. In fact, Hasek’s sights are so focused on returning that he’s going “NHL or bust.”

Even after accounting for Hasek’s name recognition and reputation for fitness, it’s tough to imagine him getting everything he wants. Leahy spells out what the bottom line might be:

What’s the reality? It’s likely that an NHL team invites Hasek to training camp to help push its current crease inhabitants (and get a nice PR bump, as well) and maybe, just maybe, with an impressive showing he could latch on with a team on a one-year deal, given the right situation. He played 46 games with Spartak Moscow of the KHL last season, and knowing how well he keeps himself in shape, is it that crazy to believe he could find himself on an NHL team with shallow goaltending depth next season? Maybe not.

Another possibility? Perhaps Hasek should go the Brian Elliott route and accept a two-way contract for the chance to compete for a roster spot.

(H/T to Rotoworld)


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  1. 950003cups - Aug 11, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    I would love to see him win games. But let’s be real.

    Dwayne Roloson age 42
    Martin Brodeur – age 40
    Nikolai Khabibulin – age 39
    Johan Hedberg – age 39
    Tim Thomas – age 38

    These guys are capable of winning games. But Hasek is 47…. The thoughts of him going to a post season are something Hollywood would love.

    I hope he makes it back. I still think he got BabScrewed by BabCock in the 08 playoffs.

    • m1lla7 - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      Obviously Babcock made the right move because Osgood ended up winning it.

  2. spizzjr - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Dopier to will get hurt shifting his Maserati into second gear so go get him Garth snow

  3. spizzjr - Aug 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Dipietro* damn autocorrect

  4. 950003cups - Aug 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Cant argue that point. Osgood did win.

  5. bigoldorcafromvan - Aug 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    The Domer would be an upgrade for Toronto goaltending woes.

  6. 19inarow - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    TB could use some security in nets, as well as a mentor for the unproven Lindback.

    • victoriavallie - Aug 12, 2012 at 2:06 AM

      no thanks!

  7. 950003cups - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    This Jacob Markstrom is gonna steal the show in Florida. This kid can make saves. Time will tell if he has the mental strength.

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