Time with Baby Sens good for Hasek

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:20 AM ET

Dominik Hasek's stay with the Binghamton Senators will officially end today.

The Senators goaltender, who has spent the last two weeks on a conditioning stint with the club's AHL affiliate, will return to Ottawa after his final workout.

Hasek will try to skate with some of his teammates in Ottawa and is planning to play in the 4-on-4 Original Stars Hockey League which is supposed to resume next week in the Maritimes.

Hasek, who is recovering from groin surgery he had in April, deemed his two-week stay with the Baby Sens a success.

"It was very important to spend two weeks and practise with the team," Hasek told the Binghamton Press and Sun Bulletin yesterday. "It's very different from when you're practising by yourself. I felt I made lots of progress even though I didn't play in a game.

"I treated practice like it was a game and I'm pretty confident the groin shouldn't be a problem."

Hasek said he talked to Senators GM John Muckler about playing tonight against the Syracuse Crunch, but the two ruled it out.

"We were talking about it, but we figure it's just best to go back to Ottawa," said Hasek. "On one hand, it wouldn't be a bad idea to play. On the other hand, I won't be part of this team during the regular season, so I wouldn't feel right.

"(Playing) was considered, but where he is in his training right now, I think it's better that he doesn't," said Muckler. "I don't know what it would accomplish.

"I think a lot of good things will come out of the time he spent here. He's worked really hard the last few days. He's been pretty spry. He looks quick in net. But I'm sure if you talk to him he'll say he feels he can be quicker."


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