The Dominator is getting ready to make a step towards a return to action, the Sun has learned.
Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek is expected to accompany the club to Boston today, although there's still no timetable for him to come back from an adductor muscle injury that has kept him out a month.
Whether Hasek will skate for the first time since suffering the injury while playing for the Czech Republic at last month's Turin Olympics isn't known. But joining the club, which plays the Bruins tomorrow, signals progress with respect to the injury.
Senators GM John Muckler confirmed he's not going to put any timetable on when Hasek will return "because I don't know."
"(Hasek) will be back when he feels 100%," Muckler said last night. "There's no reason to rush him right now.
"Ray Emery has done a good job for us and the team has done a good job in front of him. Hasek was brought here to help us win a Stanley Cup and I'm quite confident that he's going to be able to attempt to help us do that."
Muckler said Hasek has been working hard with athletic therapist Gerry Townend and assistant Randy Lee to recover from the injury.
"He's been with them six days a week ... He wants to get back," said Muckler.