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PHT Morning Skate: Brett Hull just can’t leave Buffalo alone


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

If Brett Hull wasn’t already “persona non grata” in Buffalo he is now. He tweeted out the photo you see with the message, “Happy Halloween to all my friends in Buffalo!” That’s ice cold and a fantastic way to troll an entire fan base. (@2ndBestHull)

Eric Macramalla says the hubbub about the players’ union not knowing the NHL was going to contact the players is incorrect. (Offside Sports Blog)

Former Sabres forward Adam Mair will be coaching at Canisius College. (WKBW-Buffalo)

You’ll be happy/curious to know none of the Ottawa Senators took advantage of the owners’ 48-hour window to chat. (Ottawa Sun)

Rob Rossi seems to think there’s positive things to take out of the grim-looking labor war. (Tribune-Review)

Turns out Flyers forward Tom Sestito is just as rough in England as he is in North America as he sent a player to the hospital. (Broad Street Hockey)

James van Riemsdyk is thinking about playing in Finland. (Toronto Sun)

Since we started with Brett Hull, it’s only fitting that we end with Dominik Hasek as today marks Day 39 of the lockout.

Hasek on NHL comeback: “I’m very motivated”

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Over at NHL.com, there’s video of Dominik Hasek talking about his much-publicized return to the National Hockey League.

What’s noteworthy is the 47-year-old says he trains daily, has hired a goalie coach and is planning to ratchet things up next week.


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Hasek’s agent on NHL comeback: “He will play, and he will excel”

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According to Ritch Winter — the agent representing 47-year-old goalie Dominik Hasek — there’s no backup plan for his comeback to the NHL.

The NHL is the plan.

“He will play,” Winter told ProHockeyTalk. “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.”

Winter claims he’s already fielded interest from “about a half dozen” NHL clubs about the two-time league MVP.

(Note: Toronto was not one of those teams — “It doesn’t look like a spot,” Winter said.)

There’s a high curiosity factor in Hasek’s comeback, primarily because he’s one of the greatest goalies ever.

There’s also the fact Hasek plays a position where age doesn’t factor as much as, say, forward or defense. Martin Brodeur played in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals a month after turning 40; in 2011, Dwayne Roloson (41) became the oldest goalie in league history to post a playoff shutout.

(At 45, Hasek won a Czech league title — and playoff MVP — with Pardubice. At 46, he led the KHL with seven shutouts.)

There’s also his notorious fitness regime. Winter says that, even at 47 — he’ll turn 48 in January — Hasek’s maintained all his capacities and skills from his glory years in Buffalo.

“He’s done all of the stuff you’d expect a NASA scientist to do before they go into a venture like this,” Winter explained. “He’s measured his reflexes, he’s measured his reaction time and it’s identical to what it was at the time he won a number of Vezina trophies. He’s actually 1.6 pounds off his playing weight at the Nagano Olympics [in 1998].

“Who keeps records like that? I guess Dom. Who knows their body, does reaction time and reflex training and measurement? I guess Dom.”

Finally — and perhaps most importantly — there are the expectations Hasek has for himself. A noted perfectionist, he always held himself to an exceptionally high standard during his playing days…and that doesn’t seem to have changed during his time off.

“[Hasek] feels confident that he can be considerably better than any backup in this league,” Winter said. “He thinks he can push to be in the bottom-half of the top third of the league.

“That’s his view.”


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