Detroit’s goalie-go-round has finally stopped.
Dominik Hasek finally admitted what the hockey world has known for at least a month: he’s not returning to hockey due to groin injuries.
So now, the future of the Detroit Red Wings officially rests on the shoulders of a player the organization spent the better part of this season abusing.
Cujo started the season strong but is pretty average right now, sporting a .904 save percentage and 2.48 GAA. The Hockey News has him rated 27th in the league in their goalie rankings.
Meanwhile, Mitch Albom has some really interesting tidbits about this whole mess. Here, we learn things like some fellow Red Wings might be questioning Hasek’s resolve and whether he should be playing through the pain and whether his retirement is really about his not being as good as he was when he left hockey. Albom also speculates Hasek is taking a pay cut to give the Wings some financial relief.
Good thing the Wings couldn’t unload Cujo, right?