Monday, July 31, 2006

Red Wings sign Hasek

Wow, here's one that came out of nowhere. I'd really thought GM Ken Holland would look to a trade for Martin Biron — but he seemed to definitely take a liking to the geriatric goaltender ward this summer.

On the Wings has the details for the press conference, which starts in five minutes. I will probably dial in here, if just to hear Dom's accent one more time.

UPDATE Dom himself said he found out in mid-July Detroit was interested, and he was shocked that was the case. "At the end of the day, I couldn't lose this opportunity to come and play for the Red Wings one last time."

UPDATE Holland says Hasek's contract is structured so that a lot of the bonus money will come based on playoff performance (like the deal he had with Ottawa).

UPDATE The 41-year-old Hasek says he is back in full health and that he's had an active offseason in the Czech Republic.

UPDATE On why Hasek was shocked: "After what happened in Ottawa, I was like 'That's it (for my career).'"

UPDATE Holland: "If you would done the Vezina Trophy voting (before the Olympics), Dom would have probably won. He was certainly one of the top two or three goalies last year (when healthy)."

UPDATE "I don't look at us changing our style. If you look at last year, we were 2nd in the league in goals against, 2nd in the league in goals scored. We did lose Brendan Shanahan but... we think our defence is a little deeper and a little stronger than last year."

UPDATE Press conference ends (1:22 p.m.).

UPDATE Official salary data hasn't been released, but the number being bandied about is a $500,000 base salary with bonuses related to how far Detroit goes in the postseason.

With that in mind, Holland's not really taking on a ton of risk here, and if Hasek goes down with a groin injury (imagine that), he can always bring someone else into the fold halfway through the season.


At 1:21 p.m., July 31, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Better than Belfour. If Dom avoids injury and plays well, it could be a halfway decent season now. The Red wings are beginning a rebuilding sort of phase. I'll stay positive, maybe Dom will turn what would have been a mediochre season into something that might be interesting.

At 1:33 p.m., July 31, 2006, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

"I couldn't lose this opportunity to come and play for the Red Wings one last time."

Aw, why close the door on the possibility of a contract extension?

At 2:01 p.m., July 31, 2006, Blogger sager said...

With Shanny and Stevie Y leaving, Holland had to do something to keep the Wings' average age over 30.


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