NHL notes: Hasek bent on making comeback
|Dominik Hasek, at 47 years of age, wants to make a comeback in the NHL. (ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP file photo)
Despite his advancing age, Dominik Hasek is "very motivated" to play again in the NHL.
The 47-year-old goaltender is looking to make a return to the NHL four years after he retired from the Detroit Red Wings. He played with Spartak Moscow of the KHL last season, going 23-18-3 with a 2.45 goals-against average in 44 games.
Hasek says he has been on the ice daily and has hired a goalie coach in an effort to get back into game shape.
"I'm planning to come back. Which team, or if it's possible, I don't have an answer for that," Hasek said in a video on NHL.com. "But I'm very motivated and we will see. I still believe that I can do my job and I still believe that I can be helpful for some team."
Hasek is reportedly looking for a multi-year contract. Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said last week that he has rejected Hasek's overtures but "would love to see him back in the league."
PENS DANGLE OFFER FOR DOAN
The Penguins have made an offer to unrestricted free agent Shane Doan, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday.
It's not known how much the Pens have put on the table for the 35-year-old winger but it is believed they want him to play on the first line with centre Sidney Crosby.
A Phoenix radio report last week said the Coyotes captain had been offered a four-year $30-million deal by an Eastern Conference team.
MOLSON OPTIMISTIC ABOUT TALKS
Montreal Canadiens owner Geoff Molson is hopeful that labour negotiations won't derail the 2012-13 season.
"We must be optimistic and hope," Molson said Monday at a press conference announcing plans for a 48-storey condo next to the Bell Centre.
Molson said he wouldn't comment further because negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement rest between the players' association and the league. The existing CBA expires Sept. 15. A labour impasse wiped out the 2004-05 season.
Molson expressed confidence the Canadiens could meet a league-proposed new salary cap of $52.5 million, a reduction of about $10 million from the 2011-12 season.
HALAK STILL HURTIN'
Three months after being hurt, St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak is still still having issues with his left ankle.
Halak suffered a high ankle sprain in Game 2 of the Blues' playoff series with the San Jose Sharks. He was expected to be cleared for activity in early July but he's a couple of weeks behind schedule.
"He's still experiencing a little bit of ... I don't want to say pain, but a little discomfort when he does some movement," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "The injury lingers, and for a goalie, because of the movement that's necessary, it takes a little longer than maybe for a skater. But we've had a lot of time on our hands, so it hasn't been an issue. We expect him to be cleared by July 21 and he thinks he'll be ready to go. He's not coming back (to St. Louis) until August, so we're happy with his progress."
Armstrong added that he expects Halak, who is spending the summer in his native Slovakia, to be 100% healthy for training camp in September.
Restricted free agent forward Dwight King signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The 23-year-old from Meadowlake, Sask., had five goals and nine assists in 27 games during the 2011-12 regular season then followed that up with five goals and three assists in 20 playoff games ... The St. Louis Blues signed unrestricted free agent forward Chris Porter to a one-year, two-way deal. Porter has spent the last five years with the Blues but played mostly with Peoria of the AHL ... Minor-league goaltender Nathan Lawson signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators. Lawson was 19-17-4 with a 2.57 goals-against average with Hamilton of the AHL last season ... Tough-guy defenceman Theo Peckham, a RFA, signed a one-year, $1.075 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Peckham played in just 54 games last season, finishing with one goal, two assists and 80 penalty minutes ... RFA forward Blake Geoffrion signed a one-year, two way pact with the Montreal Canadiens. Geoffrion, the grandson of former Habs great Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, played 35 games in the NHL last season, including 22 with the Nashville Predators.