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Hasek out of hospital

Dominik Hasek, the NHL's top goalie, was released from a hospital, two weeks after being admitted for treatment of an unspecified illness.

"Mr. Hasek feels well and the results of the latest checks also were favorable," said Jan Fertek, director of the hospital in Hasek's hometown of Pardubice.

"I'm glad I can finally go home," Hasek said. "I feel great now. I believe that by the beginning of September, I'll be in good shape again."

Hasek won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie for the sixth time last month, two weeks before being traded from Buffalo to Detroit.

Doctors said Hasek's illness might have been caused by a viral infection.

BLACKHAWKS: Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault re-signed.

Last season, Thibault posted a 27-32-7 record with six shutouts and a 2.81 goals-against average. The shutouts and wins, along with 66 games and 3,844 minutes played, were career highs.

Thibault, whom Chicago acquired from Montreal in a 1998 trade, has appeared in 178 games for the Blackhawks. His career totals with the team include a 73-84-19 record with 13 shutouts and a 2.76 goals-against average.

BRUINS: Defenseman Richard Jackman signed a one-year contract. Jackman, 23, was acquired from Dallas on June 24 for forward Cameron Mann. He was the Stars' first draft pick in 1996. In the last two seasons, Jackman played 38 NHL games.

ISLANDERS: The New York Times News Service reported that the team is involved in serious discussions regarding Boston Bruins restricted free agent Jason Allison. The 26-year-old center led the Bruins in scoring with 95 points last season. The Rangers, Washington, Detroit, Toronto, San Jose and St. Louis also are believed to have spoken with either the Bruins or Allison.

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