Dom deal for Sens?

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Don't rule out the return of "The Dominator" to the Senators next season.

Agent Ritch Winter confirmed to the Sun yesterday he has talked to Senators GM John Muckler about Hasek returning to Ottawa next season.

Hasek, 42, who missed the last three months with an adductor muscle injury he suffered at the Olympics, has met with Muckler and wants to come back to lead Ottawa to a Stanley Cup.

"(Muckler) and I continue to discuss the possibility of Dominik Hasek completing the job for which he came to Ottawa. (Hasek) desires to do just that," said Winter in an e-mail.

While many thought the veteran goalie might be finished here after coach Bryan Murray expressed "it might be time to move on," that may not be the case. Hasek said in a televised interview Friday he would only return to the NHL to play for Ottawa.

Muckler is attending organizational meetings in Niagara Falls, but said at the end of the season he wasn't going to make any decision until after he spoke to the veteran netminder.

Hasek plans to head back to the Czech Republic to work with his personal trainer and be ready in time for camp in September.

If the Senators don't bring back Hasek, their options may be limited. Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson will be an unrestricted free agent, but there's going to be a bidding war.

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Among the other goalies who could be available, San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov, who lost the No. 1 job with the Sharks, makes $3.63 million. Anaheim's J.S. Giguere, who also lost the No. 1 job, makes $3.9 million.

Florida's Roberto Luongo and Nashville's Tomas Vokoun could both be on the open market.

But Hasek will be looking for a base salary somewhere between $750,000-$1.5 million with games-played and playoff bonuses that were also part of his last contract.

Hasek finished with a 28-14-0 record and six shutouts in 42 games here last season.

The indications are Hasek would be willing to play less regular-season games (40-to-45) and give Ray Emery more of the workload to be ready for the playoffs.

"I'm just not sure there are a lot of options out there this year," said a league source.

"If you're going to move on from Hasek, then you better have somebody who is ready to step in. Ray Emery is going to need more time."


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