Hasek Weighs Returning to NHL, Red Wings
Jun. 24, 2003
DETROIT (AP) _ Dominik Hasek is considering a return to the NHL and has spoken with the Detroit Red Wings about possibly ending his retirement and rejoining the team.
The 38-year-old goaltender and representatives of the Red Wings met in Europe recently, Roman Hozak, the player's press representative, told The Associated Press on Tuesday from the Czech Republic.
The star Czech player retired after winning the Stanley Cup in 2002 with Detroit.
Detroit general manager Ken Holland said he has been contacted by Hasek's agent, Rich Winter.
``While we have had discussions, at this time, no decision has been made by Dominik,'' Holland said in a statement.
``They continue to talk about it and we'll see how it goes,'' Winter said.
Detroit holds an option on Hasek for next season worth $8 million. If the Red Wings don't exercise the option, he would become an unrestricted free agent.
Detroit signed unrestricted free agent goalie Curtis Joseph last summer to a three-year, $24 million contract. The deal included a no-trade clause.
``If Dominik comes back it probably will be a sticky situation,'' Holland told radio station WJR. ``Obviously, a lot of teams right now are looking for goaltenders. At the same time, money is a real issue around the league.''