BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The Dominator won't lord over the AHL this season.
Goalie Dominik Hasek confirmed yesterday that he'll finish his two-week conditioning stint with the Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton next week and then return to Ottawa to decide what he'll do until the NHL lockout is resolved.
Hasek, who will tend to family matters in Ottawa this weekend before returning to Binghamton to complete his rehab, said he doesn't want to upset the AHL team's apple cart.
"I do not plan to play any games here during the regular season," said Hasek, who stopped 18-of-20 shots in 25 minutes of play in last night's Black and White intra-squad game at Broome County Arena. "I don't think it would be right. I'm not part of this team. That wouldn't be fair.
"They've got a team here ... they've got goals. I don't feel that I should be here for regular-season games."
Once Hasek returns to Ottawa, he hopes to find some ice time with fellow Senators Chris Phillips, Todd White, Shaun Van Allen and Mike Fisher.
He has ruled out playing in Europe but will play in the 4-on-4 Original Stars Hockey League if it gets off the ground next month. Hasek moved his family to Ottawa from the Czech Republic and he'd like to stay close to them.
"I do not have a plan at this point. I'm going to keep working here and doing the best I can," said Hasek. "Hopefully, I can skate four days a week in Ottawa with some of my teammates and then maybe play in some OSHL games if it gets going again."
NOT 100% YET
Senators GM John Muckler said Hasek hasn't completely recovered from groin surgery he had in April and likely won't get a chance to play in any exhibition games for Binghamton.
"He's not ready to play. He's only played 14 games in the last two years and there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency to rush him into a game right now to get him ready," said Muckler. "Our goal is to make sure that Dominik Hasek is ready for NHL games."