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Reports: 47-year-old Hasek eyeing possible NHL return

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Reports from various publications in the Czech Republic are circulating that 47-year-old netminder Dominik Hasek is indeed eyeing a return to the NHL after a four-year sbsence.

According to Czech newspaper Denik Sport, Detroit or Tampa Bay are among teams that might come into play.

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I did a double take when I read this on TSN this morning.

Seriously, at 47?

Skaters can do it, but a tender has to be so quick, very hard on old, tired knees and hips. Chelios played until his late 40's. Dmen don't have to drop to their knees and get up as quickly as a tender.

I don't know, don't see an NHL team taking him seriously. They'd have to be pretty desperate to take a chance on a 47 year old tender who hasn't played in the league since 2008.

Stevey-Y saying he's looking for a young tender through the draft. Must be kicking himself for letting smith go and putting his trust in Roli. :lol:

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There's your savior leaf fans :lol:

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I did a double take when I read this on TSN this morning.

Seriously, at 47?

Skaters can do it, but a tender has to be so quick, very hard on old, tired knees and hips. Chelios played until his late 40's. Dmen don't have to drop to their knees and get up as quickly as a tender.

I don't know, don't see an NHL team taking him seriously. They'd have to be pretty desperate to take a chance on a 47 year old tender who hasn't played in the league since 2008.

Stevey-Y saying he's looking for a young tender through the draft. Must be kicking himself for letting smith go and putting his trust in Roli. :lol:

The thing is that Hasek is a known work out addict, hes supposedly in incredible shape for a 47 year old. I wouldnt be surprised for a team to take him as a backup on a cheap deal.

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The thing is that Hasek is a known work out addict, hes supposedly in incredible shape for a 47 year old. I wouldnt be surprised for a team to take him as a backup on a cheap deal.

Exactly, incredible shape for a 47 year old. Excellent shape or not, he's still 47 years old. Lidstrom is incredible shape and can still play at a high level. He's 6-7 years younger than Hasek and without a 4 year absence you can tell that he's slowing down. Again, he's a dman, albeit playing against top lines night in night out, but it's obvious he's getting older and slowing down.

Time is a tenders worse enemy. That extra second it'll take him to react can be the difference between a goal and a save. Granted his body doesn't have the wear and tear of a skater, but great shape or not, his reflexes have slowed, they have to. He may be able to play a limited role (40-50 games/season), but even his last year in Detroit you could tell he wasn't the same hasek. Injuries started to catch up to the aging tender and he just wasn't as sharp.

Being in great shape for your age and able to compete at a high level are 2 different things. He may be in for a shock once he actually plays a game, he's 4 years removed. Even Jagr had to keep his shifts short to be able to help his team and the once 50 goal scorer is closer to the 25 goal mark now.

Hasek is a very proud guy, not sure if he'll be willing to play 2nd fiddle.

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Exactly, incredible shape for a 47 year old. Excellent shape or not, he's still 47 years old. Lidstrom is incredible shape and can still play at a high level. He's 6-7 years younger than Hasek and without a 4 year absence you can tell that he's slowing down. Again, he's a dman, albeit playing against top lines night in night out, but it's obvious he's getting older and slowing down.

Time is a tenders worse enemy. That extra second it'll take him to react can be the difference between a goal and a save. Granted his body doesn't have the wear and tear of a skater, but great shape or not, his reflexes have slowed, they have to. He may be able to play a limited role (40-50 games/season), but even his last year in Detroit you could tell he wasn't the same hasek. Injuries started to catch up to the aging tender and he just wasn't as sharp.

Being in great shape for your age and able to compete at a high level are 2 different things. He may be in for a shock once he actually plays a game, he's 4 years removed. Even Jagr had to keep his shifts short to be able to help his team and the once 50 goal scorer is closer to the 25 goal mark now.

Hasek is a very proud guy, not sure if he'll be willing to play 2nd fiddle.

I dont see why you'd be mad, think if he goes to tampa and makes a mess its easy wins for us :D

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Well maybe there's still a spot for him. I think it'd be awesome, I'm a huge Hasek fan. I doubt it, but maybe if he goes to training camp somewhere he'll get a spot. It's a really low percentage chance of success, and I REALLY doubt he can be a starter anymore.

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, but maybe if he goes to training camp somewhere he'll get a spot.

Well he'll have to go head to head with Eddie the eagle :rolleyes:

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I dont see why you'd be mad, think if he goes to tampa and makes a mess its easy wins for us :D

I think Steve-Y will be a lil more careful this season selecting a tender. I'm sure he's still kicking himself for gambling on a 41 yr old Roli and letting Smith. Specially since he had to see Mike Smith take the yotes to the WCF's.

I love how he's trying to play it cool, all the while in his head he keeps saying, "idiot, let smith go for a 41 yr old tender... IDIOT!". He said recently how he's going after a young tender in the draft, who will be with the team for a long while.

Don't think Hasek is his man... But Burke may be interested. All comes down to what hasek is willing to do. If he's willing to be a backup, then there's a chance, if he wants to be a starter, then he's dreaming imo.

Rather him go to Toronto or Boston. :P

If he goes to boston, they have one of the most graceful goalie tandems ever! :lol:

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Please, don't go to Detroit. I was so tired of hearing about you and your "awesome .900" in Detroit a few years ago.

Seriously, he wasn't even that good after the lockout at 43 or however old he was.

It was all Nick... Same reason osgood has such good stats.

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Exactly, incredible shape for a 47 year old. Excellent shape or not, he's still 47 years old. Lidstrom is incredible shape and can still play at a high level. He's 6-7 years younger than Hasek and without a 4 year absence you can tell that he's slowing down. Again, he's a dman, albeit playing against top lines night in night out, but it's obvious he's getting older and slowing down.

Time is a tenders worse enemy. That extra second it'll take him to react can be the difference between a goal and a save. Granted his body doesn't have the wear and tear of a skater, but great shape or not, his reflexes have slowed, they have to. He may be able to play a limited role (40-50 games/season), but even his last year in Detroit you could tell he wasn't the same hasek. Injuries started to catch up to the aging tender and he just wasn't as sharp.

Being in great shape for your age and able to compete at a high level are 2 different things. He may be in for a shock once he actually plays a game, he's 4 years removed. Even Jagr had to keep his shifts short to be able to help his team and the once 50 goal scorer is closer to the 25 goal mark now.

Hasek is a very proud guy, not sure if he'll be willing to play 2nd fiddle.

Exactly. I actually loved watching the guy back in the day. But I can't see the injury issues he had getting any better at this age.

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I think for some(coming out of retirement), it's a combination of a things... Proving to themselves they can still do it, missing the game they've played most of their lives, the camaraderie, the boredom of nothing to do after hockey, the loneliness. Some x-players have talked about being lonely after hockey, they're use to spending 6+ months a year next to the same group of guys, sometimes even years. They obviously try and keep up friendships, but a few texts and emails is not the same thing as traveling with teammates, playing a long season with them and practicing for at least 6 months out of the year.

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For a forward or a defenseman to come out of retirement,,,is one thing,,,but a goalie? A goalie's reflexes have to be as sharp as they were 6 mons. ago, or when he he was in his prime. IMO,,he "might" make it as a back-up,,,,but that's about all.

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I think for some(coming out of retirement), it's a combination of a things... Proving to themselves they can still do it, missing the game they've played most of their lives, the camaraderie, the boredom of nothing to do after hockey, the loneliness. Some x-players have talked about being lonely after hockey, they're use to spending 6+ months a year next to the same group of guys, sometimes even years. They obviously try and keep up friendships, but a few texts and emails is not the same thing as traveling with teammates, playing a long season with them and practicing for at least 6 months out of the year.

Definitely a huge thing, in my opinion. We keep hearing more and more cases about depression after the game, and while some of that gets attributed to different things, a lot of professional athletes, performers, etc, face this sort of thing as they hit a point of self-realization where they think they'll never be what they previously were.

In the most literal sense, they're probably right, and I think that's what leads to some of the problems. They've always had the hockey, or acting, or music - they haven't had to think about anything else or figure things out. It's quite unfortunate as it leads to some pretty serious stuff sometimes.

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Definitely a huge thing, in my opinion. We keep hearing more and more cases about depression after the game, and while some of that gets attributed to different things, a lot of professional athletes, performers, etc, face this sort of thing as they hit a point of self-realization where they think they'll never be what they previously were.

In the most literal sense, they're probably right, and I think that's what leads to some of the problems. They've always had the hockey, or acting, or music - they haven't had to think about anything else or figure things out. It's quite unfortunate as it leads to some pretty serious stuff sometimes.

Exactly WJ, even musicians often come out of retirement. It's the only life they've known, their lives were planned out for them and hockey ruled, same for musicians. All of a sudden, they're the one's calling the shots and without some sort of system/schedule put in place, they're lost as to what to do with their time. Ok, hockey players have the summer off, even during their summer vacations some are already in the rinks and gym's preparing for the new season.

Training camp starts in September, so by August latest, they're getting into shape. Once training camp starts, the next 6-8 months are planned out for them-Maybe even longer depending on the post season.

I'm sure most enjoy the first year of retirement, getting reacquainted with friends and family, playing golf with x-teammates. Once the novelty of this new found freedom wears off, what are they to do?

Their x-teammates are busy with the grueling hockey schedule. That's why I think a lot go into coaching, broadcasting, scouting, etc... Anything to keep them occupied. Just like a stay at home mom can turn to alcohol once the kids are gone and there's no one to take care of, x-players find themselves in similar situations.

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