Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/15/06 at 06:15 PM ET
Dominik Hasek didn’t look like the world beating, future hall-of-fame goalie who was supposed to start against the Leafs tonight. In fact, during the pre-game skate this morning, Hasek looked very doubtful to even start the playoffs for the Senators when they open late next week.... Hasek, though, cast serious doubts the past two days despite taking to the ice for full workouts. During those sessions, he clearly either refused to drop to the ice to make a save, or simply couldn’t.more Let's go back a couple of years and think what Dom said while with Detroir and nursing a groin injury. If my memory is correct, it was February-March that Dom said he needed some regular season games, something like five games, to get under his belt before the playoffs. We all know Hasek marches to a different beat and went home about that time, knowing full well his health would not allow him to compete at the level he thought he needed to be at. A few of the Wings were surprised by his sudden retirement announcement and thought it was a very strange move to make by their #1 goalie. Dom I am sure learned a few lessons from that, but what is still in my head, is Hasek saying he needed regular season game action in order to play in the playoffs. That has to be on his mind right now, the last thing he wants to do is go on the ice in the round #1 and embarrass himself. Time will tell, but the longer he goes without playing, the chances of course become greater that we may not see him on the ice this year.
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