According to CBS, goaltender Dominik Hasek may be planning a comeback. Hasek is 47 years old and has not played in the NHL since the 2007-08 season. In his last season, he was pulled in the playoffs and Chris Osgood led the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup.
Even though Hasek had a terrible playoff year, his regular season performance was not bad. He played 41 games and won 27 of them. His GAA was 2.35. Considering his age, that is not that bad.
The oldest goaltender in the NHL right now is Dwayne Roloson. He is 42 years old and his career is not looking good. Last season, he helped the Tampa Bay Lightning reach the Eastern Conference Finals, but this year he was terrible.
Out of 40 games, he won 13. His GAA was 3.66. It was Roloson's worst year to date. More than likely, he will retire.
Hasek may be a different story. This would be his third time coming out of retirement to play in the NHL. When he came back to Detroit in the 2003-04 season, he only played 14 games because of an injury, but he won eight of them. His GAA was 2.20.
After the NHL lockout, he signed with the Ottawa Senators. He suffered another injury, but still played 43 games. He won 28 of them and had a GAA of 2.09.
Even the Wings took another gamble and signed Hasek in the 2006-07 season. He played for Detroit for two seasons. In both seasons he had a GAA of under 2.20.
Since leaving the NHL, Hasek never stopped playing hockey. He has played in the Czech Republic and in Russia. The man simply does not know the meaning of retirement.
The big question is: What team would take him?
Tampa Bay's GM, Steve Yzerman, may be able to sign Hasek. The Lightning does not have a dependable goalie. Yzerman already gambled on Roloson, and it paid off two seasons ago. Why not try again and see what happens with Hasek?
Another team that may benefit from signing Hasek is the New Jersey Devils. This is only if Martin Brodeur retires. Devils' fans have been dreading the day Brodeur retires, and Hasek might be the guy to take over for a year until someone else is ready.
The Toronto Maple Leafs might benefit from signing Hasek, only if they can not trade for Roberto Luongo. The Leafs need to do something to get a decent goaltender. He is nicknamed "The Dominator" for a reason.
Hasek has been in the playoffs each time since coming out of his second retirement. Leafs' fans have been waiting for Toronto to make the playoffs. The stadium is packed each night no matter how bad they are. Their fans are dedicated. It is time Toronto rewards their fans with a playoff appearance.
Hasek will have his work cut out for him this offseason. He will have to prove to teams that he can still play and has to compete for a job with players half his age. Hasek has been around the league for some time. His playing style is unorthodox and half the time he is flopping around the net. The weird thing is his style works and that is why he is regarded as one of the best.