BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Dominik Hasek wants back in the NHL. But if the legendary goaltender does return to North America to play it won't be with the Buffalo Sabres.
Hasek's agent Ritch Winter tells Eyewitness Sports Anchor Shawn Stepner Hasek had a face-to-face meeting with Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier and Head Coach Lindy Ruff about a month ago to discuss the goaltender's possible return to the organization where he had his most success.
"He had great interest in playing in Buffalo," says Winter in an email. "We were unable to come to terms due to the fact Darcy has [current backup Jhonas] Enroth and was not willing to let him go to have Dom for just a year or two."
We had lengthy discussions and face-to-face meetings between Dom, Lindy and Darcy to discuss all this but could not put together a scenario that would meet Dom's goals."
Hasek is a winner of six Vezina Trophies as the NHL's top goalie. He also captured two Stanley Cups while playing for the Detroit Red Wings.
He last played in the NHL during the 2007-08 season. He has been playing in Europe since then, most recently in the KHL during the 2010-11 season.
Hasek is arguably the best goaltender in Sabres history. He played 491 games for Buffalo from 1992-93 through 2000-2001. He compiled 55 shutouts, 234 wins, with a goals against average of 2.22.
Ryan Miller and Enroth currently serve as the Sabres goaltending tandem.
Winter adds that his 47-year-old client is still eyeing a return to the NHL for next season.
"We are in discussions with a number of teams and are pursuing a multi-year contract for him. He is ready and feels he can continue playing for a few years at an extremely high NHL level.