Hasek hasn’t played since a strong KHL campaign in 2010-11. He had come out of retirement a second time in 2009 after calling it quits a year earlier.
“He was excited,” Regier said. “I think it’s tremendous. He’ll be 47 at the start of the season. I hope that he finds a team to play with. I would love to see him back in the league, and hopefully he would play well in the Western Conference.”
If one player could pull off a comeback pushing 50, it might be Hasek, a fitness nut.
“He has no doubt in his mind that he can play, and I think it probably gives him a little bit of a lift seeing someone like (Martin) Brodeur play at 40 in the Stanley Cup final,” Regier said. “So I know better than to question Dom’s desire and his ability.”
Ruff added: “We talked at length about getting ready, what it would take to get ready. The year before when he did play he was convinced with a heavy workload in July and August that he could be ready to play, and play a number of games and be effective.”
With Roy gone, Ruff said he’s confident going into next season with Tyler Ennis and Cody Hodgson as his top centers.
“It’s time for Tyler to take that step,” he said. “I think in the last 40 games he gave us a good indication … what he could do offensively. And Cody’s been looking for that solid opportunity to become that top-line centerman. I think he can do it.”
Jamie Wise, an Ontario Hockey League winger the Sabres invited late, scored three goals during the summer development camp scrimmage.
The 21-year-old’s name wasn’t even listed on the roster.
“He’s definitely opened some eyes,” said Ruff, who knows little about Wise. “(You score) three goals, and all of a sudden the chatter in the coach’s office has gone up. ‘Who is this guy?’”
Notes: Regier said the Sabres have chatted with Shane Doan’s camp. The veteran winger, arguably the best unrestricted free agent left, has delayed his decision as Phoenix sorts through its financial turmoil. … Ruff on 6-foot-8 tough guy John Scott, who the Sabres signed earlier this month: “It might give you the toughest guy in the league right now.”