Friday, May 19, 2006

Thanks but no thanks

Dominik Hasek appeared on TSN's "Off The Record" this evening, was on his best behaviour and said all the right things, but I still can't see any scenario that has him coming back to Ottawa as being wise, which is what Hasek says he wants. When asked if he will play anywhere else but Ottawa next season, he flat out said no. I'm glad you like our little city Dominik, but is that really a good idea?

While Hasek maintains he did not quit, it all still smells far too fishy for my liking. Everything played out exactly how those skeptics in Detroit and Buffalo said it would. If nothing else, you'd think Hasek would know better than to go to Torino, yet he thought it was nothing.

Besides, given how sternly Bryan Murray was about Hasek, can Dominik be with the Senators next season? His stance was pretty clear, and I don't buy Hasek's explanation of "it was less than 48 hours after the loss, his mind might not have been might". Murray doesn't strike me as someone who speaks out emotionally if that's not how he truly feels.

If John Muckler has to chose between his coach and Hasek, it's not a tough call from where I sit, and I'm not even a big Murray fan right now.

The bottom line is that Hasek cannot be depended on. Even if we are to take him at his word that he didn't quit, he's still a massive health risk. Do they bring Hasek back and then get another qualified back-up for Ray Emery in case he goes down again? So they then have to have three NHL goaltenders?

I admire your supposed wish to finish what you started in Ottawa, but this Sens fan doesn't want you back. You're simply not worth the headache.

14 Comments:

At 12:41 AM, Anonymous kaz said...

I'm not sure it's a great idea either, Chris, but both the GM and the coach are hardheaded guys, and I suspect that Muckler will give Hasek a second chance. He's still his favourite, and he'll probably pull rank over Murray if he balks at Dom being back next season. As you said, Melnyk seems to have given Muckler a vote of confidence, so he'll probably not be too afraid to go with his gut, which, given their history, is telling him to resign Hasek.

 
At 12:45 AM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

I'm hoping your wrong, but given Muckler's stance on Arnason, signing Hasek might not be out of the question.

And like the Arnason deal, I suspect a lot of it will be Muckler's unwillingness to admit he made a mistake signing Hasek.

 
At 4:24 AM, Blogger The Puck Stops Here said...

The question is which goalie is available who offers more than what Hasek offers?

As Hasek ages it is more likely that an answer will be found, but I am at a loss to suggest one

 
At 7:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Montreal has two good goalies... Young good goalies... Would they give up one of them if the price was right?

 
At 8:32 AM, Blogger Derek Moore said...

Montreal wouldn't give up a goalie to a rival in the same division!

 
At 5:24 PM, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Huet will be a UFA so it doesn't matter if they want to give him up. He can go where he pleases.

I'd eye Gerber over Huet, but that's just me.

 
At 12:09 AM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

I don't think Hasek will return. In the press conference John Muckler had and the following interviews his response to the question of whether Hasek would be back was "I have to talk to Dominik first before I make a decision." He was reluctant to say much beyond that. He never really said, yes, we would like to bring Dominik back or was something they were seriously considering. He just kept repeating, "I have to talk to Dominik first." I read that as him saying that he wants to let Dominik know directly that they are planning to part ways rather than say something through the media. I'd be surprised if he was with the Sens next season.

 
At 12:17 AM, Anonymous David Johnson said...

"I'd eye Gerber over Huet, but that's just me."

You'd eye another playoff flop? Do you really want to torture yourself with another Lalime like goalie? Gerber was horrible in the playoffs and his regular season numbers were only decent, but nothing great (2.78 gaa, .906 save %). I don't think Gerber is the answer to any contenders goaltending questions. I am not sure Huet is either but at least he put up some outstanding numbers in both the regular and post season. He is the only reason the Canadiens made the playoffs.

The best free agent goalie available is probably playing in the nets for Edmonton right now. Roloson is the guy I want the Leafs to go after if he becomes available. If Roloson was in goal for Ottawa, the Senators might still be playing. He might have been able to steal a few of those OT games and almost certainly would have one the all important first game.

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger aquietgirl said...

Gerber was horrible in the playoffs and his regular season numbers were only decent, but nothing great (2.78 gaa, .906 save %).

I think he lost 10-20 pounds during the playoffs due to the flu or something. He was terribly sick. I'd be willing to give him another chance. After all, he did have a great Olympics.

 
At 8:32 PM, Anonymous KevinP said...

Geez, John Muckler having to choose between the delicate genius of Dominik Hasek and a head coach.

Somewhere in Moncton, Ted Nolan is laughing.

 
At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

Even putting aside Hasek's crotch problems at the end of the season, the track record on older goalies around the League this year wasn't stellar, particularly as the season wore on. Cujo started well in the desert, then faded badly in the second half of the year. Ditto for Sean Burke, who was unable to stake a claim to the number one job in Tampa. Then there is Eddie Belfour, who had flashes of brilliance but who also faded badly in the second half of the season when age and injury started catching up. You simply can't stake your season on a 41 year old goalie with a history of injury trouble, no matter how glittering his career has been in the past. For anyone thinking we could bring him back in a number two role, forget it -- a guy with his ego would be about as happy as a wet cat in the back-up spot. Dump him, admit the mistake, and move on.

 
At 9:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hasek is a great guy and a definate hall of famer.

Still, you gotta think that the chance of injury is too high. Then again that is reflected in his salary. He might be able to injure the Sens get to the play offs again but not sure he can get the cup. Still better half full than all empty.

 
At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, guess what -- it looks like we get him back in September, like it or not. I would like to see us get Giguere from the Ducks, as the rising salary cap means we could easily afford him. Melnyk, however, doesn't want to spend to the cap...

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger ninja said...

Hasek is NOT a great guy and a definite Hall of Famer.

 

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