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Wings say Hasek has viral infection

Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek is recovering from a viral infection, is feeling better and might be released from a Czech Republic hospital soon, the team said Sunday.

The goaltender has been hospitalized in his hometown of Pardubice since July 5.

Rich Winter, Hasek's agent, and Red Wings general manager Ken Holland denied a report in Saturday's National Post of Toronto that Hasek, 36, was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.

Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch sent his family doctor, Donald Weaver, to the Czech Republic, and team spokesman John Hahn said Weaver was expected to return today.

HULL'S OPTIONS OPEN: Free-agent right wing Brett Hull says the race to sign him is open, and that Montreal has as good a chance as any other team.

"I am listening to anyone who takes the trouble to call," Hull told French-language tabloid Le Journal de Montreal. "I would be crazy not to listen to the Canadiens. It's an organization with a long and rich tradition."

Hull's agent, Mike Barnett, said six teams are in the hunt for Hull.

HURRICANES: Top draft pick Igor Knyazev signed a three-year deal.

MIGHTY DUCKS: Goalie Ilja Bryzgalov, a second-round pick in last year's draft, agreed to a three-year deal.

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