Dominik Hasek is thinking Stanley Cup again, and that's exactly why the Ottawa Senators signed one of the game's top goaltenders.
"I wanted to play for a team that I believe can win the Cup," Hasek said yesterday. "And I believe that with my help, all together, we can do it."
Hasek, who won his first Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2002, signed a one-year, $2 million deal with an option year at $3 million.
Should Ottawa win the Stanley Cup, Hasek would earn $4 million in bonuses, the Canadian Press reported.
Hasek, 39, played just 14 games last season for Detroit because of a groin injury.
Hasek is a two-time league MVP and won six Vezina trophies as the league's best goaltender in nine years with the Buffalo Sabres. . . .
Tom Renney was hired as the New York Rangers' coach after serving on an interim basis since February. . . .
The St. Louis Blues re-signed 16-year veteran defenseman Eric Weinrich to a two-year contract.
* PRO BASKETBALL: The Washington Wizards began their 2004 summer league season in Orlando with an 89-59 win over the Miami Heat.
Jarvis Hayes had a team-high 19 points, and Jared Jeffries added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals.
Dorrell Wright, the Heat's first-round draft choice (19th overall), led all scorers with 30 points. . . .
Mike Woodson agreed to coach the Atlanta Hawks after working as the top assistant last year for the NBA champion Detroit Pistons.
* LACROSSE: Michael Powell, the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse draft by the Baltimore Bayhawks this spring, is not eligible to play this year after the team put him on the "did not report" list.
Powell, a four-time all-American at Syracuse, had said for several weeks that he was not interested in playing in the MLL, at least this year, citing burnout.
* SOCCER: Dick Advocaat quit as coach of the Dutch national team, a week after leading the Netherlands to the semifinals of the European Championship.
* OBITUARY: Marvin "Skeeter" Francis, who spent more than five decades in various roles with the ACC, died in Winston-Salem, N.C.. He was 82.
Francis spent 15 years as the sports information director at Wake Forest, then moved to the ACC, spending 22 years as service bureau director and assistant commissioner.
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