The captain isn't going to close the door on the Dominator.
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson told the Sun yesterday that he had a heart-to-heart chat with goalie Dominik Hasek at the end of the season.
"He'd be welcomed back if he's signed again," said Alfredsson, who is spending the off-season in Ottawa. "We know that if we get him, we're getting a top-flight goalie. He had a great season before he got hurt and we all know what he can do."
There has been speculation that after missing the final 12 weeks of the regular season, Hasek wouldn't be welcomed back in the dressing room. He said he would have to speak to Alfredsson before making that decision and that talk did take place.
"We had a short conversation about it and he expressed that he'd like to come back. This is the one place he'd like to play and he'd like to help us win a Stanley Cup," said Alfredsson.
"I don't make that decision, but I'm fine with it if they want to bring him back. He feels like he can help the team win. When he's at the top of his game, he's a tough goaltender to beat."
The Senators have held discussions with Hasek and his agent about coming back this fall, but GM John Muckler will exhaust all other options first.
NO DEAL FOR TOSKALA
Meanwhile, sources say a deal between the Sharks and Senators for goalie Vesa Toskala is all but dead. It's believed the Sharks haven't been able to work out a contract extension with Ottawa winger Martin Havlat, so San Jose will shift its focus and try to deal Evgeni Nabokov.
In the Senators' case, they have turned their attention to three or four other teams who are willing to acquire Havlat in a straight-up deal for another winger. Sources say it's possible that Havlat could be dealt by tomorrow.