Report: Hasek's agent talks with Muckler
The Dominik Hasek saga took another turn as the netminder might return to Ottawa after all.
Sun Media reported Friday that Hasek's agent, Ritch Winter, has been in talks with Senators GM John Muckler concerning the goaltender's return to Ottawa.
"[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," Winter told Sun Media via e-mail.
Will Bryan Murray be happy with such news? Over a week ago, the Senators coach indicated that Hasek might not be welcomed back.
After the Senators were eliminated from the postseason, Murray told reporters he believed it's time for the team to "move on" next season.
"I only want guys that play here," Murray told local reporters. "I don't know what his state of mind is. He has not talked to me about that at all. I've not talked to John Muckler about it at all, but I will.
"All I know is that we were put in a tough spot with Ray Emery. The idea with Ray Emery was to play 25-30 games, sit on the bench during the playoffs and go through the experience and pressure of watching this team perform.
"We thought we had a real secure situation in that we had a veteran guy, and it didn't work out."
"I know John didn't want him to go to the Olympics," Murray said. "He had no choice because of the [collective agreement between the NHL and the players' association]. ... We thought there was no reason to pick up another goalie as a result because based on [Hasek's] experience, we thought we were going to get our No. 1 goalie back.
"You can't point the finger at Ray Emery. He did a good job for us and he was in a tough situation."
Hasek missed the last three months after suffering an adductor injury during the first game of the Olympic tournament, where he was representing the Czech Republic.
On the same day of Murray's comments, Hasek said he felt "terrible" that his injury might have derailed the Senators' playoff run.
"First of all, I never quit on this team," Hasek told local reporters. "I was doing my best. I know for sure I couldn't help. I couldn't do what Ray was doing for the team.
"I wouldn't have been doing any favors to my team," Hasek said. "I didn't want to get into the net and let in a few bad goals.
"It's a very complicated situation," he said. "First of all, I need to talk to my wife, I need to talk with my teammates and a few other guys. Of course, it's management's decision at the end of the day, but, for me, it's complicated. I want to make a decision before the end of the month."