Wings will announce shortly that Dominik Hasek will be joining the team for the upcoming season.
added 12:19pm, added a poll in the KKF on this subject.
update on the tele-conference that took place at 1pm, Both Holland and Hasek were available on different phone lines. Holland: In early July he called Hasek's agent to see if Dom had interest in the Wings. He had numerous conversations with Rich Winter, Hasek's agent and was excited about the possibility to have Dom back. Holland knows his groin is an issue. Very low based salary, playoff incentive for Dom. Looks at Osgood and Hasek as 1a and 1b.
Hasek: He could not believe the Wings called him. He knew right away this was a wonderful opportunity for him. Discussed it with his family and got back to Holland after 10 days. He is looking at this as a one-year deal. Very excited, looking forward to helping the Wings win the cup.
Holland was asked about the cap, Wings are about 4-5 million below the cap. Want to sign Franzen and add another forward. Wants some $$$ available at the trade deadline.
note: this is a raw feed so please excuse any typing errors.
more...Hasek was asked about his groin now. Says he feels great, has been playing many sports and is losing a little weight to help with any groin issues. His goal is to be healthy for the season and the playoffs.
even more...Dom said he doesn't care if he plays 40 to 50 games this season. He wants to be healthy for the playoffs. Hasek mentioned his family will come to Detroit after Xmas and stay with him there.
one more update...Holland was asked about Belfour. Holland said the team doctors said his back was fine but there would always be a concern about it. Holland said he became more and more convinced that Dom was the way to go and stated before the Olympics, Hasek was the Vezina winning goalie in the NHL.
That's it for me folks...now get back to work...
update 2:09pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Dominik Hasek is returning for a third tour of duty with the Detroit Red Wings.
The team announced Monday it has signed the 41-year-old to a one-year deal, believed to be worth about $500,000 plus incentives.