DETROIT, Michigan -- The Detroit Red Wings have picked up their $8 million option on previously-retired goaltender Dominik Hasek for the 2003-2004 season.
The rumors about a possible return to the NHL by Hasek, who retired after helping the Red Wings claim the Stanley Cup in 2002, have circulated for several weeks. It was only a week ago that the Detroit organization finally revealed that they were in talks with Hasek about his comeback.
The Red Wings are now left with two $8 million goaltenders on the roster. They have been unable to trade Curtis Joseph, who signed with the Wings following Hasek's retirement. Joseph's contract, which runs through the 2004-2005 season, includes a no-trade clause that the Red Wings hope he will waive.