Dominik Hasek

Dominik Hasek retires…again


There will be no more sequels for The Dominator.

In an interview given to Czech magazine iSport, Dominik Hasek announced he was set to retire from hockey — again — after failing to receive an offer from an NHL club.

From iSport (translated):

“I prepared, I wanted to play. But for what I was studying (return to the NHL), it did not work. I do not see that it has changed.

“I wanted to do everything possible to get back to the NHL, but the other party did not feel like me. Finally I decided it’s not worth it.”

This is Hasek’s third retirement since the 2002-03 season.

The topic of Hasek’s most recent comeback attempt gained steam in July when, during an interview with ProHockeyTalk, agent Ritch Winter said the 47-year-old would play in the NHL this season.

“He will play,” Winter told PHT. “There is no option. He will play and he will excel and he will do all of the things he can do.

“That’s his view of it. There’s one objective, and that’s it — he won’t fail.”

A bold statement, though to be fair to both Winter and Hasek, extenuating circumstances played a major role in the Dominator failing to latch on with a club.

The current work stoppage and literally zero room at the AHL level meant Hasek’s entries to the league were far and few between.

He had been training with Czech Extraliga team Pardubice, but seemed to realize a goalie three years shy of 50 would need much more than practice to draw a contract for an NHL club.

That said, don’t write off Hasek from professional hockey entirely. If his past retirements tell us anything, it’s that he can’t stay away from the game for very long.

Avs unveil new third jerseys

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The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.

Having already released specialized “Mile High” jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.

(Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)

While undoubtedly exciting for the organization, the release of these new thirds isn’t taking anybody by surprise. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.

The Avs will debut these new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.

Related: Roy explains why he didn’t call time out

Report: Escrow set at 16 percent

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Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?

Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:

With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.

That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.

Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.

Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.

Related: To understand escrow, consider Duncan Keith