It looks like we'll have a new face on the bench for the Red Wings come next season as the back-up goaltender. Well, a new face on a full-time basis, anyways. Dominik Hasek has announced his retirement and will only have the minimum amount of time to wait for his approval for the Hall of Fame.
Hasek finished his All-Star career with a Stanley Cup with the Wings, a fitting end to a brilliant career. Hasek was an inconsistent pool goalie over the past few years, as he got older, but was still worthy of getting over 60 points for a pool team.
Hasek finished this season with 27 wins, 5 shutouts and an assist for 65 points and finished on the sixth place team in the Sherpa's draft.
In his NHL career, Hasek won 389 games and posted 81 shutouts between 1990 and 2008,
Now, you can strike him from the list, once and for all. There should be no talk of a return for the 43-year old goalkeeper from the Czech Republic.
Dominik Hasek was one of those goaltenders that I loved to hate. I never really enjoyed his style and never chose him for a hockey pool, as he was far too inconsistent as a goalie to win for me. I even had a hard time respecting what he did. Unlike Patrick Roy, who I really loved to hate, but at least had some respect for his skill, Hasek's flopping around really didn't give me a sense of excitement when I watched him. At 43, it's about time that he leads the parade for the old guard out of the NHL and starts to open jobs for younger goalies. It's tough enough for some keepers to crack the league and it doesn't help when you have old dinosaurs keeping spots for themselves.