BUFFALO, NY - File this story in the Curiosities section.
A source close to legendary former Sabres goalie Dominik Hasek told 2 on Your Side's Ben Hayes that Hasek would like to return to play in the NHL.
The source said Hasek is working out andwants to play one more season. If the NHL were an option, it would be his top choice.
Hasek is now 47-years old and hasn't played in the NHL since the 2007-2008 season with Detroit. He played in Russia during the 2010-2011 season.
At 42, Dwayne Roloson is currently the oldest player in the NHL.
Hasek's agent told 2 on Your Side, that he had no comment on Hasek's future.
Elliotte Friedman, a hockey analyst for CBC and Hockey Night in Canada, firsttweeted about Hasek's comeback on Friday.
Friedman says he was shown a foreign newspaper with an article about Hasek's desire to return to the NHL.
Friedman also says a friendfrom aCzech TV station translated the article and itquotesHasek as saying, "For sure, I know what I want...even my agent, he knows...but I'm not going to make any comments."
Friedman says the article also indicates that Hasek is already in North America, but it makes no mention of what teams might be interested in Hasek, or which teams Hasek himself might prefer to play for.
However, when The Dominator was in Buffalo last March, as the guest of Sabres owner Terry Pegula, he told 2 On Your Side: "I always follow the team because it was nine wonderful years here. You know, in 2001 I moved to a different place but it's part of your life. However, you know, (the) Sabres always stayed in my heart."
During that same visit in 2011, Hasek remained confident about his ability to play goalie. "The NHL is the best show in the world. I want to play but I don't want to be a backup goalie, I still believe I can play on the highest level."