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Dominik Hasek to announce retirement: source

According to the Associated Press, Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek is expected to announce his retirement from the NHL.

An NHL source has told The Associated Press that Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek is expected to announce his retirement from the NHL.

The Red Wings have scheduled a press conference for Monday without revealing any other details and Hasek's agent Ritch Winter declined to comment Sunday night.

Over the course of 16 NHL seasons, Hasek posted a record of 389-223-82, with 81 shutouts and a career goals against average of 2.20. At 43, he is the NHL's oldest active goalie.

Hasek has also won six Vezina Trophies as the NHL's top goaltender, two Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player and an Olympic gold medal with the Czech Republic at the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Hasek leaves the game after a bittersweet run to his second Stanley Cup this season. He lost his starting role in Game 4 of Detroit's first-round series against the Nashville Predators to Chris Osgood, who remained the starter during the team's run for the Stanley Cup.

Hasek's arrival long-time coming

Hasek's arrival to the NHL was eight seasons in the making. He was drafted in the 10th round of the 1983 draft but didn't join the Chicago Blackhawks until the 1990-91 season. 

After two seasons backing up Ed Belfour in Chicago, Hasek was dealt to the Buffalo Sabres where his career blossomed.

He reached his first Stanley Cup final during the 1999 season, with the Sabres ultimately falling to the Dallas Stars in six games.

Hasek openly contemplated retirement after that season due to injuries and personal reasons, but he eventually returned to continue his quest for a Stanley Cup.

He was dealt to Detroit before the 2001-02 campaign and helped them win the Stanley Cup that season. Hasek promptly retired that summer, but rejoined Detroit for the 2003-04 season.

His return created an uncomfortable goalie triangle with Curtis Joseph and Manny Legace already on the team but his comeback was brief. Hasek posted an 8-3-2 record in 14 games before a chronic groin injury ended his season.

Hasek signed with the Ottawa Senators prior to the 2004 season and posted a 28-10-4 record before participating in the Turin Winter Games with the Czech Republic. While at the Olympics, he re-aggravated his groin injury and was never the same upon his return to the Senators lineup.

Hasek returned to Detroit two years ago as a free agent and during this past regular season, he won 27 games with a 2.14 GAA as he shared a platoon role with Osgood in net.

As the playoffs approached however, Detroit coach Mike Babcock gave Hasek the nod in goal and his vote of confidence, saying, "Dom's not going to struggle."

But four games into the first round, Hasek was pulled in favour of Osgood, who won his first nine games as a starter in the post-season and finished with a 14-4 record. 

Osgood will likely be the starter next season with Detroit, but Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said he would gladly welcome Hasek back to the team.

"If Dom still has energy and passion, I'd be interested in having him back with Osgood again," Holland said after Detroit won its 11th title last week.

Hasek didn't appear ready to make predictions immediately following Detroit's Stanley Cup win last week, but acknowledged that this latest experience wasn't always easy to deal with.

"Obviously, it's not the same if you're not in the net," Hasek said. "But overall, it was a great experience and winning a Cup is why I came back and signed with the Red Wings."

With files from the Canadian Press