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Goalie Hasek Considering Return to NHL

June 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.

Hasek’s agent, Rich Winter, said ``nothing has been finalized.″ He added: ``They continue to talk about it and we’ll see how it goes.″

The star Czech player retired after winning the Stanley Cup in 2002 with Detroit.

``Dominik is deciding exactly which direction he wants to go and hopefully I’ll know very soon,″ Detroit general manager Ken Holland told radio station WJR.

A messages left by the AP with Holland was not immediately returned.

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 said. ``Obviously, a lot of teams right now are looking for goaltenders. At the same time, money is a real issue around the league.″

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