Originally written May 27, 2012 on NESN.com:


Maybe Martin Brodeur's old-age heroics in leading the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals has given Dominik Hasek a new sense of worth.

The 47-year-old Czech goaltender isn't quite ready to say goodbye to the game he loves, telling Denik Sport that he is working hard to make a comback to professional hockey.

Hasek has been in and out of retirement for the last 13 years, winning a pair of Stanley Cups since he first decided to hang up the skates.

But now he is 47 years old and hasn't played in the NHL since 2008. Despite playing in the Czech Extraliga and KHL since ending his NHL career, the market for Hasek may not be what he's hoping for.

Still, the two-time Hart Trophy winner is testing the waters. Hasek was recently seen visiting his son at Michigan State University and used the trip to meet with several NHL general managers, according to Denik Sport. The Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning are said to be potential suitors for the unconventional goaltender.

Any team that takes a shot on Hasek would be wise to do so with a backup role in mind. Relying on him to play more than 20 games at his age and with his style of play is a huge gamble.

The Dominator's potential return to the NHL will be a compelling storyline, but expectations must be tempered.

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