BUFFALO, N.Y. – Having spent several years going back and forth on retirement, The Dominator insists this time he is, indeed, done.
Dominik Hasek still enjoys playing pickup hockey a few times a week in his native Czech Republic. The closest he intends to come to an NHL rink these days will occur Saturday. That's when the Buffalo Sabres will induct their former star goalie into their Hall of Fame before playing the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Not even the prospect of joining the last-place Sabres (20-45-8), who are in desperate need of experienced goaltending, is enough to lure the 49-year-old Hasek back to the crease.
Thanks, but no thanks, he said with a laugh on Friday.
The six-time Vezina Trophy winner spent the prime of his 16-season NHL career in Buffalo from 1992-2001.