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Hasek wants to play in the NHL again

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Panger thinks he could make it as a backup.

“I find it impossible to think a 47-year-old could be a No. 1 goalie in today’s game,” said former NHL goalie and current NBC analyst Darren Pang, who is one year older than Hasek. “Is it possible for Hasek to back up a top goalie and play 15-20 games? That is possible.”

When Hasek last played in the NHL in 2008, Pang recalls that the goalie “played small, looked small.”

“He was not an imposing figure,” Pang said. “His hockey brain, on the other hand, is miles ahead of the good goalie, and that’s why he may be able to back up. The older you get, the worse the eyes get. The puck is exploding off the stick faster than ever, so it’s harder to pick up the puck coming off the stick. That delayed reaction is the difference between a great save and a goal against.”

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