Wednesday, February 15, 2006

I'm doing my best NOT to panic

It's been hard, but I'm maintaining...

Goalie Dominik Hasek, who starred in the Czech Republic's surprise victory in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, left Wednesday's round-robin opener against Germany in the first period with an injured left hamstring.

Hasek, one of the NHL's top goalies again this season for Ottawa, will undergo an MRI exam Thursday in the Olympic Village to determine whether his hamstring is torn.

It's a good thing I wasn't watching this game live because I likely would have had an aneurysm.

At this point, it doesn't seem like the injury is life threatening, let alone season. That hasn't stopped the talking heads on local radio to talk about all the what ifs (as in "who do we trade for Dwayne Roloson...").

I'm hoping it really is just a pulled hamstring and nothing more. That's the story and I'm being very naive in believing it.

Having said all that, please, Dominik, come home. Forget this Olympic nonsense. Who cares. They'll be just fine with Tomas Vokoun. We however will not be okay with Ray Emery.

And also, you might want to reconsider this:

Hasek said he would not consult with Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler about whether he should try to play again or not in Turin

He's your boss. He deserves a lot some consultation, doesn't he? Ultimately, it's Hasek's call, as per the CBA (good job there Gary), but I do think the organization's opinion should at least he heard.

though he expects Muckler might call him.
I would hope so. If not, I will.

9 Comments:

At 8:34 PM, Blogger aquietgirl said...

Injury prone goalie ... jet lag ... tight Olympic schedule ... new equipment ... it was coming.

Is it Thursday in Turin yet? ...

 
At 9:23 PM, Anonymous SensGuy said...

I think even if Hasek isn't hurt that seriously, Muckler will consider getting a backup for insurance. And even though he's not the most experienced, Vesa Toskala is my top choice. He's ready to be a starter.

 
At 10:18 PM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

Teams have no say in whether a player decides to play in the Olympics or not. It is 100% up to the players to decide. I believe there are even restrictions on teams contacting players during the olympic break (at least during the first week when everyone is free to do as they want).

 
At 1:42 AM, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Heh, you sound a little different on the Emery situation now than a few months back...

 
At 3:51 AM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

A few months ago, he was playing great. Now, he's not. Pretty simple really.

 
At 8:44 PM, Anonymous KevinP said...

I feel for you, brother. Hasek's groin issues were almost annual events here in Buffalo, and he always left you wondering if you were getting the truth. And usually you weren't.

 
At 10:02 PM, Blogger Jeff J said...

KevinP: "...he always left you wondering if you were getting the truth."

Ya know, I was just wondering that myself. It happens in the first period of the first game of the tournament... and this way Dom can claim he showed up for his country, but still gets to rest up for the SC playoffs.

 
At 9:40 AM, Anonymous KevinP said...

Hey Jeff, here in Buffalo we were very skeptical of Dom's antics after a while. Didn't like the coach, boom! groin injury. Wanted a trade, boom! groin injury. Greatest player to ever wear the Goathead sweater, but tons of skepticism surrounded him.

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Well, it's not as if it was unimaginable Emery would struggle in his first NHL season.

 

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