The National ice Hockey League's Ottawa Senators have decided to hold on to 40-year-old Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek.

General manager John Muckler said Wednesday the Senators exercised their one-year option on Hasek, a six-time winner of the Vezina Trophy awarded to the NHL's top goaltender.

The Senators signed Hasek in July of 2004. Rather than playing in Europe or North American minor leagues when the NHL season was canceled, Hasek took the year off. He did not play during the lockout except for skating during training camp with Ottawa's farm team.

In 2003, Hasek came out of a one-year retirement to rejoin the Detroit Red Wings but was limited to 14 games due to a recurring groin injury. The six-time All-Star ranks first among active NHL goaltenders with a save percentage of 92.4.

Some information for this report provided by AP.