Expected for weeks, move soon official

Updated: July 6, 2004, 5:34 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

After weeks of telegraphing the move, it appears the Ottawa Senators and veteran goaltender Dominik Hasek are finally ready for the dotted line.

Dominik Hasek
Hasek

The Senators have called a news conference for 10 a.m. ET Tuesday amid rampant speculation about Hasek, and ESPN the Magazine's EJ Hradek reported late Monday night that the signing of the six-time Vezina winner is indeed the news in question.

Back on June 17, the 39-year-old goalie and his former team, the Detroit Red Wings, made it clear they would be parting ways, and the goalie specifically mentioned Ottawa as one of the teams he would be interested in joining.

Hasek, who is an unrestricted free agent, added that he wants to play for a team with a chance to win the Stanley Cup but said he could only confirm that he wouldn't be in Detroit.

Ten days later, the Senators traded goaltender Patrick Lalime to the St. Louis Blues for next to nothing: a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2005 NHL draft. The move gives Lalime a fresh start, but commentators everywhere pointed out that it also rid Ottawa of a potential logjam in goal.

"We have to open up some spots for individuals on our hockey club to be able to move forward," Ottawa general manager John Muckler said soon after. "I think it was time that Patrick had to move on and get into a new environment. He'll upgrade the goalkeeping in St. Louis and ... we'll move in another direction and I think we'll do fine."

Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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