Dominik Hasek rejected by Buffalo Sabres
Dominik Hasek, the legendary former NHL goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators, is trying to make a comeback. One of his former teams, however, is having none of it.
According to a report from NHL.com, Hasek, played for Buffalo from 1992-2001, where he won six Vezina Trophies as the NHL’s top goaltender during that time and was a fan favorite, earning himself the nickname “The Dominator”, has had his services turned down by the Sabres. Hasek reached out to Buffalo in an attempt to get a contract so he could to return to the NHL, but the Sabres apparently said something to the effect of “thanks, but no thanks” to their former franchise netminder.
Hasek, who is 47 years old, hasn’t played an NHL game in four years, his last coming as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. His NHL career spanned 735 games over the course of 16 seasons. He’s 11th all-time in the NHL for wins (389) and has the sixth-most shutouts in league history (81). In addition to his six Vezina Trophies, Hasek also won the Hart and Lester B. Pearson awards twice in his career, both in 1997 and 1998. The Hart is given to the League MVP, and the Pearson is given to the most outstanding player in the league, as voted on by the players (it has since been renamed the Ted Lindsay Award).
Hasek also won two Stanley Cups, both times as a member of the Detroit Red Wings, in 2002 and 2008. He also made an appearance in the Cup Final as part of the Buffalo Sabres in 1999, but lost to the Dallas Stars in Game 6 (by virtue of the infamous “Foot in the Crease” goal, scored courtesy of Brett Hull).
No word yet on whether or not any of Hasek’s other former teams have reached out to him, or if he has reached out to them the way he did with the Sabres.