Sens will Leaf Hasek on bench

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:20 PM ET

Dominik Hasek won't be making his Senators debut until next week.

While the team is anxious to see The Dominator in action, it has chosen not to put him between the pipes tomorrow against the Leafs.

Instead, backup Ray Emery will start the pre-season opener at the Air Canada Centre.

Hasek won't make his first start for Ottawa until the club returns to face the Leafs next Sunday at the Corel Centre.

"We're just going to give him some time to prepare," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "I haven't spoken with (Hasek) about this yet, but I think we're just going to wait a week and look at some other guys before we start getting him ready."

After two days of practice, the Senators held their first scrimmage of training camp yesterday at the Bell Sensplex which saw Team White earn a 6-4 victory over Team Black.

Hasek, 40, who hasn't had any NHL action since playing 14 games with Detroit in the 2003-04 season, allowed four goals during his 30 minutes of work, but nobody seemed particularly worried.

He did make some big stops during the session and Murray indicated Hasek didn't stand much of a chance on three of the four goals because the legendary netminder was the victim of defensive errors.

"I would think in about three weeks time we won't be allowing those goals because we won't be making those mistakes," said Murray with a laugh. "For the most part, I thought Hasek was pretty good."

Despite allowing four goals, Hasek was trying not let the performance bother him.

"I might think about it a little bit, but I'm not going to think about it too much," said Hasek. "You have to get ready. It was nice to be back with my teammates and having a good competition on the ice.

"Nothing is as important as getting ready for the season."

Hasek said he spoke with goaltending coach Ron Low about a schedule for the pre-season and he'd like to play four or five games. Ideally, he'd start with a couple of half-game performances and then move into a full 60 minutes.

"I don't want any special treatment just because of who I am and what I've done ... I'm not expecting that. At the same time, I thought it was nice that they asked these questions," said Hasek.

"I definitely want to play some full games, but not right away," added Hasek, who noted during his days in Buffalo and Detroit, he played half games to start the pre-season.

"All you want to do is make sure you get a bit better each time you go out there."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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