Red Wings reach one-year deal with Hasek
“Re-signing Dom was one of our top priorities this off-season,” said Holland. “Based on his performance this past season, we think Dom gives our team a great chance to be successful in 2007-08.”
Hasek, 42, enjoyed one of the best seasons of his 15-year career in 2006-07. He ranked second among goaltenders in goals against average (2.05) and shutouts (8), while backstopping the Red Wings to 38 wins. He helped lead Detroit to the 2007 Western Conference Final, posting a 1.79 GAA and two shutouts in 18 games.
The six-time Vezina Trophy winner was originally acquired by Detroit on July 1, 2001, in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. He backstopped the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2002, before retiring later that summer. During the playoff run in 2002, Hasek established a NHL record for shutouts in a playoff year with six (second most now behind Martin Brodeur’s seven, 2003). He was just as impressive during the 2001-02 regular-season, earning the second most wins in Red Wings history with 41.
After spending one year in retirement, Hasek returned to the Red Wings for the 2003-04 campaign, but was limited to 14 games because of a groin injury.
The 15-year NHL veteran began his career with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1990-91 and spent two seasons there before getting dealt to the Sabres prior to the start of the 1992-93 season. He developed into the NHL’s preeminent goaltender during his nine-year (1992-2001) stay in Buffalo. He won the Vezina Trophy (NHL’s most outstanding goaltender) six times (1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001), the Hart Trophy (NHL’s most valuable player) twice in 1997 and 1998, the Lester B. Pearson Award (NHLPA top player) twice in 1997 and 1998 and was an NHL First Team All-Star six times.
Hasek has a career record of 362-213-82-29 in 694 games. He ranks fourth among active goaltenders in wins and 14th all-time. His 76 shutouts rank second among active goaltenders and 9th all-time.
Internationally, Hasek has represented the Czech Republic three times at the Olympic Games (1998, 2002, 2006). He led the Czech’s to a gold medal in 1998 and won a bronze medal in 2006.