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Hasek Refuses Pay From Red Wings

March 13, 2004|From Associated Press

Detroit Red Wing goaltender Dominik Hasek has refused to accept about $3 million of his salary because he is out with a groin injury.

Hasek, who announced Feb. 10 that he would sit out the remainder of the season, has not accepted pay since Jan. 9, General Manager Ken Holland said Friday.

That was the day Hasek and the team agreed he should rest the injured groin for two to four weeks.

Hasek tested out the groin in early February but later said he could no longer play this season. The nagging groin injury limited him to 14 games after he came out of a one-year retirement.

By Jan. 9, Hasek had received a little more than $3 million of his $6 million salary for the season.

"I think it's an unbelievable gesture," Holland said.

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