There are more than a few hockey people out there who believe that Dominik Hasek’s run with the Buffalo Sabres was the best of any goalie from his era – if not ever. As strong a force as nostalgia can be, it wasn’t enough for Sabres GM Darcy Regier to bring back a 47-year-old goalie, though.
“He was excited. I think it’s tremendous,” Regier said. “He’ll be 47 at the start of this season. I hope he finds a team to play with. I would love to see him back in the league and hopefully he would play well – in the Western Conference.”
Even with the goalie position seeing some serious improvements over the years, it’s not totally crazy to imagine Hasek landing with some team if his goals are reasonable. He’s had some success overseas since leaving the NHL and was still useful in his final years in Detroit.
It’s easy to see why Buffalo passed, though. Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth are both under contract and represent perhaps the Sabres’ greatest strength now that Derek Roy has been scuttled out of town. Sure, it would be cool to see Hasek and his Slinky-like spine in a Sabres uniform again – they’d have to trot out those goofy designs with the buffalo head at least once, right? – but some things are better left to our memories.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger