DETROIT, Mich. (AP) _ Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek is expected to be released from a Czech Republic hospital in the next few days after being hospitalized with a viral infection.

Hasek's agent, Rich Winter, said Hasek has improved greatly the past few days. Winter said reports that Hasek was suffering from arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat, are inaccurate.

``Dominik was staying in the cardiac ward for security reasons,'' Winter told The Detroit News for a story Tuesday. ``It was the only secure place. The paparazzi were chasing him to get a picture.''

Hasek was resting in a hospital in his hometown of Pardubice, 60 miles east of Prague. He has been hospitalized since July 5.

The Red Wings picked up Hasek on June 30 in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres. After a stop in Detroit, Hasek arrived in the Czech Republic on July 3.

Hasek is expected to return to Detroit in late August, near the start of training camp. He has been in contact daily with Wings trainer John Wharton, the News reported.