A2Y has a sober reflection
on the Hasek deal up. He likes it. I'm still not a big fan of it.
Sure, it could be great. In a perfect world.
Hasek is going to go down with a groin injury. Does anyone really believe he won't? The only question is when. Will it be 20 games into the season? Or will it come halfway? Say he pulls his groin in an All-Star Game shootout.
"So what?" you say, "They can always make a trade for a goalie, right?" Sure. Holland had a perfectly good goalie market this summer and couldn't find it in himself to send a precious player from the inviolable roster in order to get it done. He'll have to get over such sentimentality if he wants to swing a trade at the deadline.
Maybe Hasek'll make it until after the trade deadline and injure it in a meaningless game after he's already locked up the Vezina and the Wings have locked up the Conference if not the League. Wouldn't that be wonderful?
It could happen at any time, early or late in the season.
We've seen Dom go through both early and late (well, mid-season) groin injuries and he made it back from neither. Maybe this time will be different. Maybe not.
Will it have been worth it if Hasek carries the team to the best record once again but hurts his groin down the stretch and misses the playoffs? Maybe, if you're satisfied with another President's Trophy.
If Hasek's ready for the playoffs, great. In that case, the Wings could go all the way. But they ought to lock him in a cryogenic chamber between now and the end of March, 2007 or else they could be stuck with *gasp* Chris Osgood (horror of horrors!) and end up right back where we were before yesterday when Hasek was still a UFA. Where's the gain in that? My point here is, if that's what ends up happening, we'd have been just as well off going with Osgood all along and saving the $750,000 for, say, a forward.
Maybe they should have signed Dom mid-season a la Steve Thomas. My concern is that the healthy Dom will be wasted on the regular season, which no self-respecting Wings fan gives a squat for any more.
I fully expect Hasek to be excellent. He proved last year that he still can be great. But I don't want Vezina Trophy candidate Dom. I want Conn Smythe candidate Dom and you'll have to forgive me if his last tour in Detroit put a damper on my hopes for seeing that.
If Hasek end up being healthy all season and through a lengthy (if not successful) playoff run, I will look back favorably on this move. That is an enormous if