Hasek hasn't accepted pay since Jan. 9

DETROIT -- Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek has refused to accept about $3 million of his salary because he is out with a groin injury.

Hasek, who announced Feb. 10 that he would miss the remainder of
the season with the injury, has not accepted pay since Jan. 9,
general manager Ken Holland said Friday.

That was the day Hasek and the team agreed the goaltender should
rest the injured groin for two to four weeks.

Hasek tested out the groin in early February, but later said he
could no longer play this season. The nagging groin injury has limited
him to 14 games since he came out of a one-year retirement.

Hasek refused to accept about $3 million of his salary for a simple reason.

"I didn't feel that I could play," he said Saturday.

"He just felt that he wasn't doing what he really had set out
to do, which is to play hockey and play at a high level," Holland
said. "At that time, he told me that he did not want to receive
any further salary until he was ready to play."

Hasek said he did not intend to make public his refusal to
accept his salary and spoke only after Holland discussed the issue
with reporters.

By Jan. 9, Hasek had received a little more than $3 million of
his $6 million salary for the season.

"I came to Detroit, and I felt that I could play at the highest
level. And I wasn't able to do it,'' Hasek said.

"I think it's an unbelievable gesture," Holland said.

One of the NHL's greatest goalies, Hasek won two MVP awards and six Vezina Trophies, given to the league's top goalie, during a
nine-year stint in Buffalo. He also led the Czech Republic to a
gold medal in the 1998 Nagano Olympics.

Hasek joined the Red Wings before the 2001-02 season, winning
his first Stanley Cup that season. He retired in 2002, but came
back to Detroit before this season.