Dominik Hasek

Sabres GM confirms that he turned down Dominik Hasek’s comeback offer


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.

Mike Harrington reports that Regier confirmed that Regier passed on Hasek’s offer to return to the scene of his greatest individual work.

“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.”

Hasek’s agent insists that “The Dominator” believes wholeheartedly in his ability to come back and then he’s better than most NHL backups. In fact, reports are circulating that the relatively ancient goalie wants more than one-year deal.

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.

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

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.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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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:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan

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Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?