February 16, 2006
Hasek: 'I'm not good'Sens worried about injury
By BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun
TURIN -- John Muckler's worst nightmare may have come true yesterday
The Senators GM was concerned goalie Dominik Hasek would get injured at the Olympics ... and only nine minutes into his first game, he left with what is believed to be a hamstring injury.
Not only is Hasek's Olympic future with the Czech team in doubt, Muckler could demand that he return to Ottawa to be checked by the club's doctors. Hasek was headed for a Turin hospital last night for an MRI. If the injury is serious enough to keep Hasek out for an extended period, this is a huge blow to the Senators.
With a painful look on his face, Hasek left the Czechs' 4-1 win over Germany only 9:25 into the first period after making a stop on a power play. A Czech doctor told a Prague newspaper it could be only 50/50 whether Hasek will play again in the Olympics.
"I'm not good. If I felt good, I would have been on the ice the whole game," said Hasek. "I felt a very sharp pain between my leg and I yelled at my teammates to (ice the puck), but they didn't know what was going on, unfortunately.
"The shift was long and I felt like I had to leave to let Tomas Vokoun finish the game. It's not my groin. It's somewhere between my legs.
"The doctors could give you an exact diagnosis. It's a muscle injury and the doctors will have to tell you more.
"My goal is to get back on the ice and play. We'll see how I'm going to feel (today). On the other hand, if I don't feel like I can help my team, I don't want to force coaches or somebody to play me.
"I have to feel well. I have to practise hard and get into the game. If I cannot do it, I cannot play."
Hasek can expect a call from the Senators.
Muckler, who was holding pro scouting meetings at his home in Naples, Fla., is trying to get information from Czech club officials through members of the Senators' organization, who are in Turin for the Games.
It's believed Muckler made a call to Dr. Mark Aubry, a member of the Senators medical staff working for the IOC.
"Not knowing exactly what the injury is, it's hard for me to comment at this point," said Muckler. "But we'll try to find out exactly what the injury is.
"If it's serious, I'd like him to fly home so that our doctors will have a chance to look at him."
Senators defenceman Christoph Schubert, who is playing for the Germans, said he was concerned when Hasek left the game.
"I didn't know what happened," said Schubert. "I asked the boys and they weren't really sure. I'm hoping that he's going to be okay and that he'll be able to get back playing."
Asked if players are putting themselves at risk by playing a tough NHL schedule, then going to the Olympics, Hasek answered "no" and walked away from reporters.
Plenty of questions still remain.