Coach Murray says it's time to move on

Even if Dominik Hasek wants to come back to the Ottawa Senators, the goalie might not be welcomed back.

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Senators coach Bryan Murray told reporters Monday that he believes 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 [Senators GM] 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.

Hasek said Monday that 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."