There is not a Sabre fan alive that does not remember the name Dominik Hasek, but there are most likely some that hate him and some that love him for what he did for the team. He may be best goalie to ever wear a Sabre jersey (depending on the remaining career of Ryan Miller) but to some he is remembered as a trader that left for Detroit believing he would never win a cup with Buffalo. Even though he was right and won a cup in Detroit it was a the equivalent to Jim Kelly leaving the Bills to play for the Dolphins after Super Bowl XXV.
It’s been reported Hasek is going to play for Spartak Moscow of the KHL. On a local radio show today they were debating the idea of Hasek one day having his number retired for the Sabres and his Jersey forever hanging in HSBC Arena. I was surprised at the anger by not only the hosts but by people calling in and the hatred they still have for the “Dominator“. I for one do not blame him one bit for stepping up and getting what he wanted when the time was right for him. He had sustained a couple serious injuries and I believe he felt his time left in the NHL was short and he jumped at the best opportunity he was offered to win the coveted cup he had been so close to getting but seemed just out of reach.
I would pose the argument Hasek revolutionized the goaltender position and deserves to be remembered as the guy who single handedly won so many games for this organization, for years the Sabres could score a goal or 2 and win because Hasek would have 40 saves and do cart wheels in the net. I believe he gave the Sabres THEIR shot to win the cup and simply wanted his own shot with a little more help. I became a Sabres fan because of Hasek and I personally hope someday the organization realizes what he allowed this team to accomplish even in the midst of bankruptcy and they will one day if not this season but soon honor him as the Sabre great he was.