49-Year-Old Goalie – Free Agent
Dominik Hasek Contract Information:
Hasek has signed a one-year deal with Spartak of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League in June of 2010.
Hasek, who is 47, now says a return to the NHL seems unlikely, given the lack of interest in signing him the last few months, according to the Associated Press.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Dominik Hasek.
He's still engaged and fit at age 42, and there's an absolute fortress guarding him in front, so what's not to like? Hasek should be good for 50-55 strong starts again this year; just make sure you get adequate coverage to back you up, just in case physical issues do come about.
Call him mercurial, call him flaky, call him injury prone, fair enough. But you better call him talented, as well. Hasekís still one of the better goalies around even at the age of 41, and heís got a Berlin Wall in front of him, the best defensive group in the league. Even more than Nicklas Lidstrom this is someone Mike Babcock needs to handle very judiciously; if Hasekís mind and body arenít fresh when April rolls around, Detroitís playoff upside is compromised significantly. Everyone remembers how Hasekís year with the Senators ended (injured, out of action), but donít forget the fantastic numbers he posted when he was on the ice (43 wins, 2.09 goals-against, .925 save percentage). In short, this is a guy who can make your season, or torpedo it. Do you feel lucky?
Hasek is poised to play 55-70 games this year for a talented Ottawa club. Only health concerns could keep the 40-year-old Hasek from being one of the the first goalies picked in your league's draft.