Hasek wants to continue to play for Sens

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:54 AM ET

Dominik Hasek wants to finish what he started with the Ottawa Senators.

The 41-year-old goaltender said last night he wants to play in the NHL next season and there's no place he would consider playing other than here in Ottawa.

"I feel I didn't finish my job here. It's a bad feeling. I like to finish my job and I feel like I didn't do it," said Hasek on TSN's Off The Record.

"If I play, that's going to be the only team that I play for."

Hasek was performing at the peak of his powers before he strained his adductor muscle Feb. 15 at the Turin Olympics while playing for the Czech national team. He did not play another game after that, though the injury was not expected to keep him out of action for more than two weeks.

The Senators went the rest of the way with rookie goaltender Ray Emery, who scored a first-round win over the Tampa Bay Lighting. But the Senators fell in five games to the Buffalo Sabres in the second round.

If Hasek is going to return to the Senators, it's apparent things will have to be smoothed out between himself and Senators coach Bryan Murray.

Hasek said he was irked by a post-season comment by Murray, who said in his wrapup press conference it was probably time for Hasek and the Senators to part ways.

"It bothers me, definitely," said the goaltender. "I do not know exactly what he means by that ... he said it two days, not even 40 hours after the last game so I don't know if he feels exactly that way about me."

Hasek said he had talked to Murray since the end of the season, but they had only discussed their families and the team in general.

Hasek also revealed he met with Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and other team leaders during the afternoon of Game 4 against the Sabres in Buffalo.

The Senators were down 3-0 to the Sabres at that point.

In a discussion that lasted 5-10 minutes, Alfredsson and the other players apparently tried to convince him to play that night, but Hasek said he told them he would not "cheat" them. He told them, "I could stand in the net, but ... we'll lose 6-2."

"I walked away from the table," said Hasek.

The Senators got an outstanding effort from Emery in Game 4 and avoided elimination that night, but lost Game 5 at home.

Hasek has heard the comments from critics that he quit on the Senators, but was adamant he couldn't have helped the team.

"I have nothing to tell (the critics)," he said. "What I did was the right decision."

The goaltender also said the chances of him playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs next year are "zero."

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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