Dominik Hasek, the Vezina-winning goalie for six of the past eight seasons, has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings.
In return for the future hall-of-famer, the Red Wings sent slumping forward Vyacheslav Kozlov, a first round draft pick in 2002, and future considerations to the Sabres.
Hasek is added to a Detroit goaltender corps that already includes Chris Osgood and Manny Legace.
The Sabres have scheduled a press conference to address the trade for later today.
Brent Gilchrist, the rugged Red Wings forward who battled injuries for two seasons before finally being healthy for 2000-2001, has accepted his option to come back to the Red Wings next season.
The 34-year-old Gilchrist will make $625,000 next season as a third- and fourth-liner and penalty-killer, as Detroit General Manager Ken Holland will not try to buy out Gilchrist’s contract.
“It was a very easy decision for Brent to make,” Gilchrist’s agent, Barney Harris, said. “Brent likes the Wings and likes the area very much.”
After three years of finishing second, Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom finally won the Norris Trophy, given to the NHL’s top defenseman.
Lidstrom, who finished as a runner-up to Rob Blake, Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger in the last three seasons, was almost a unanimous choice for the award. His closest competition was Colorado’s Ray Bourque, who was the co-winner of the NHL Fans Association’s Best Role Model Award earlier this season.
“Oh, it’s tough to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” said Lidstrom, who flew back to North America after leaving to spend the summer in Sweden. “I’m really proud and honored to get this trophy. I have to give a lot of credit to the coaching staff and the players surrounding me.”
Lidstrom was also runner-up for the Lady Byng Trophy, while Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman finished second in voting for the Jack Adams Award.
The NHL’s winningest coach is expected to announce today that he will return for another season behind the bench of the Detroit Red Wings.
After productive meetings with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland last week and yesterday, Bowman has decided to hold of retirement for at least one more season. The sixty-seven year old Bowman recieved a clean bill of health last week, clearing him to continue his legendary career.
The return of Bowman is expected to give the Red Wings an advantage in signing free agent forward Martin Lapointe, who has stated that he felt he grew as a player under Bowman. Unfortunately, not all players will be happy with the decision. Aaron Ward, who was benched for all six games of the Wings’ first round playoff loss to Los Angeles, may request a trade out of Detroit and away from Bowman.
I’ll just laugh if I try to type it so here’s the link to all the news about Tie Domi’s scuffle with a Flyers fan. He faces suspension by the league for it but I say he should get a reward, especially since most of the players in the league had to be cheering him on when they saw it. Speaking of seeing it, you can download the video clip for yourself and let us know what you think in the Fan Forum.
Oh yeah, and in site news… I added fourteen more highlight clips from the past month or so, all courtesy of ESPN.com. Go ahead and take a look at them.
Big win over St. Louis, very big win. We’ve got the number two seed in the West virtually clinched and as of right now we’d play San Jose in the first round, leaving St. Louis to play Edmonton. The Free Press has the recap of the game and also some talk of Lidstrom getting the Norris finally.
Lindros manages to stay in the news by not competing in the World Hockey Championships, I can’t wait till the drama with him is over.
The Free Press reported that Yzerman and Duchesne will be healthy to play the Blues on Wednesday. That’s a very cool thing to hear, of course, but I doubt we really need Duke out there right now. In site news, a new feature has been added to the Wings Info section. We’ve got the Wings’ record for all 75 seasons listed.
“Right now, I’ve got to be the messiah and fix world hunger and erase the national deficit. I don’t know if I can do all that, but everybody’s looking for me to do it so I might as well give it a shot. George W. Bush called me this morning and asked me how we can lower taxes. He wanted to know if I could come help put an end to the Middle East crisis, too.” – Coyotes superstar forward Jeremy Roenick.
I’m just gonna do a quick run-down of what happened over the weekend while I was gone… Of course, there was the 6-0 win over the Rangers on Saturday. From what I saw, it looks like everyone played a pretty strong game, which is very good to see with the playoffs six games away. No Red Wings were named to the roster for the 2002 US Olympic team, but Steve Yzerman will again be a member of the Canadian Olympic team. Stevie still got ripped off though, he would have been the captain if Mario wasn’t making his extremely marketable comeback.
This is in no particular order… Chris Chelios is expected back for the playoffs, which is always a good thing. After just managing to keep even with the Wild in the first two periods, the Wings managed to score twice in the third to win, 4-2. ESPN.com has the recap. Also good news, the San Jose SHarks have dropped into seventh in the Western Conference, meaning that if the playoffs started today the Wings would play them, not the Edmonton Oilers.
On the Olympic front, Nicklas Lidstrom was one of ten players selected for Sweden’s team in the 2002 Games. Russia managed to confuse everyone in the hockey world by naming goalie Nikolai Khabibulan to their team but not forward Sergei Fedorov. Khabibulan hasn’t played in nearly two seasons due to a holdout.