A Ray of stability?

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:29 PM ET

TORONTO -- A goaltender likely won't be on John Muckler's shopping list.

The Senators GM said yesterday he's happy with his club's situation in goal with rookie Ray Emery playing better and star stopper Dominik Hasek on the mend.

"We've looked at (the Senators goaltending). We know who's available. We know what the prices are. We just haven't made a decision," said Muckler.

"Right now I like what I see. I like the way Emery is playing right now and I know Dominik is coming back. I feel comfortable with that right now."

Muckler brushed aside concerns about Emery's struggles and Hasek's recovery from a strained adductor muscle in his right thigh. Muckler said he's confident Hasek will be back and in good form.

"Oh, yeah, at this point I have no doubt in my mind, unless he suffers a setback," said Muckler. "He's pumped. He wants to play. He wants to be 100%. He wants to win a Stanley Cup. He wants to make sure he's perfect and that's the way it should be."

Muckler said no date has been set for Hasek's return. The goaltender accompanied his teammates here, then will return to Ottawa when the team goes on to Florida for the second leg of the trip.

Hasek will continue to work with strength and conditioning coach Randy Lee back in Ottawa next week. That leaves Emery, who's won his last three starts after losing three in a row, to carry the load, likely for this five-game, 10-day trip starting tonight against the Maple Leafs.

"He has the potential to play in the National Hockey League. His biggest problem was Dominik was such a dominating force, he didn't get the opportunity to play," said Muckler. "Now he knows he's going to get that opportunity because of Dominik's injury.

"I think he's played very well."

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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