DETROIT -- Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek's injured groin has
improved and the Red Wings expect him to be able to skate again in
about a week.
Hasek, who ended his one-year retirement last summer, has played
just 14 games this season. He has started to rehabilitate his
injury after being told to stay off the ice and to avoid working
out earlier this month.
Hasek is 8-3-2 this season, Joseph is 11-9-2 and Legace is 9-5-3
for the Central Division-leading Red Wings.
Hasek retired after Detroit won the 2002 Stanley Cup, and the
Red Wings signed Joseph to replace him. After the Red Wings were
swept in the first round of the playoffs last year, the six-time
Vezina Trophy winner and two-time league MVP came back and the team
tried to trade Joseph.
It has helped the Red Wings that no team wanted to take Joseph,
and his $8-million contract, because he has played well at times in
Hasek's absence. When Hasek was healthy, Detroit put Joseph on
waivers and sent him to its AHL team in Grand Rapids twice.
Joseph has another year and $8 million remaining on his
contract, and Hasek is making $6 million this season.