In Buffalo yesterday for a Willie O'Ree youth skills event and to drop the puck for a ceremonial faceoff before last night's Sabres-Thrashers game, the 46-year old Hasek spoke to reporters and expressed his desire to play one more season, but only in the KHL.
"I definitely want to play one more year in Russia. I want to win the cup over there," Hasek said Saturday, during a return to his former home in Buffalo. "I feel great, in good shape."
"The NHL, it's the best show in the world, but I said already when I left Detroit, I said goodbye to the NHL," Hasek said. "I want to play. But if I want to play, I don't want to be a backup goalie."
"I still believe I could play on the highest level. However, it wouldn't be a good idea to come back right now to the NHL," Hasek said. "I feel like I want to stay in hockey, but it's got to be Russia."
Hasek finished the season with Moscow Spartak with a 23-19-3 record and 2.48 goals-against average before bowing out in the first round of the Gagarin Cup.
In other former NHL great news, Sergei Fedorov's Metalurg Magnitogorsk forced a Game 7 in the KHL's Eastern Conference semifinals against Jaromir Jagr's Avangard Omsk with a 2-1 win yesterday. The deciding game will be on Monday and could spell the end a career for either Fedorov or Jagr, whose contracts both end this season.
- Dominik Hasek
- Chris Chelios