Friday, July 13, 2012
Sabres to Dominik Hasek: No thank you
Dominik Hasek might want to be back in Buffalo, but the Sabres aren't interest in having him back.
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier told The Buffalo News that Hasek's agent contacted the team about Hasek playing in Buffalo, but the Sabres turned down Hasek.
Regier and coach Lindy Ruff met with the 47-year-old Hasek twice last month, but chose to stick with Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth, according to the report.
"One thing I am sure of: [Hasek] has no doubt in his mind that he can play," Regier told reporters Thursday night, according to The Buffalo News. "I think it probably gives him a little bit of a lift seeing somebody like [Martin] Brodeur play at 40 in the Stanley Cup final. I know better than to question Dom's desire and his ability. Unfortunately, it's not something that was going to fit here.
"He was excited. I think it's tremendous. He'll be 47 at the start of this season. I hope he finds a team to play with. I would love to see him back in the league and hopefully he would play well -- in the Western Conference."
Hasek played for the Sabres from 1991-2001. He was a six-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, and earned league MVP honors in 1997 and 1998. His 81 shutouts rank eighth on the career list.