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I'm sure the Habs have learned from the Spacek contract not to sign anyone 35 years of age or older to a multi-year contract. As much as I hate to see Hammer possibly leave, the Habs are doing the right thing offering a one year deal. Sentimentality aside, both sides will tell you hockey is a business.

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Can you post a link to this please? I have seen no word of Hamrlik on TSN.

The sites that have reported him rejecting the deal simply said that - that he rejected it. Not that he would go UFA (as there is a possibility there will be another contract tendered).

I only heard it on the TV :lol: Couldn't find a link for it anywhere either.

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Well, if Hamrlik doesn't return, at least we made him an offer. I, for one, hope he does land somewhere else, and ends up with a good opportunity to win a Cup.

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Well, if Hamrlik doesn't return, at least we made him an offer. I, for one, hope he does land somewhere else, and ends up with a good opportunity to win a Cup.

Considering there aren't many big name D-men left, I wonder if Detroit would consider Hammer. Might be a good fit, and it would be a great oportunity to win before he calls it a career.

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Considering there aren't many big name D-men left, I wonder if Detroit would consider Hammer. Might be a good fit, and it would be a great oportunity to win before he calls it a career.

Agreed. He's not quite as capable as Rafalski was late in his career, but he could be a good addition to a Detroit team, although not people's first pick to win a Cup next year, that should compete for a chance to win.

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Considering there aren't many big name D-men left, I wonder if Detroit would consider Hammer. Might be a good fit, and it would be a great oportunity to win before he calls it a career.

Especially if Wis and Ehrhoff sign before July 1st... those were tow guys Detroit was supposedly contemplating. Hamrlik would be a very good fit there as what I've been calling part of the second tier of UFA D men.

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I'll borrow the bolded from Mr. Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette. He's one of the few journalists I noticed who's treated Hamr with the due respect he deserves. Admittedly there must be more that I'm not aware of since Hamr was voted the winner of the JBT. So to those journalists too "kudos". Maybe Mr. Stubbs is just more open minded to the differences in the world, IDK. I've enjoyed a lot of his sarcasm too. LOL

Hamrlik's worked for #Habs for 4 years, missing just 16 games. I wish him luck wherever he winds up.

There you go Markov. The table has been set for you to actually accomplish something in the post season assuming you lead the team into the playoffs. Your ex-teammate has endured the injuries of teammates, endured the bag skates, endured a new coach, endured a new system, endured the fans for sure, endured inexperience on the D, endured a flamboyant rookie through a very successful playoff run, endured the weakest D partners the Canadiens could offer, endured little help on the blueline until late this past season, endured the ineptness of the most overpaid center in the NHL, endured Shawn Thornton's thuggery, ..........most of all he endured your injuries and was instrumental in leading the Habs to the playoffs each year. He's endured more than that but many would argue so I'll stop. LOL

Good luck Hammer and thanks for setting the table for Markov and holding down the fort so Hal Gill had the opportunity to get another contract.

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Now, I have to temper my hate towards the Capitals because they went and picked up two former Habs.

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I'm very disappointed we let him walk. 2yrs/7M would absolutely be OK for us.

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Best of luck in WSH, Roman. Your years of service to the Habs will be fondly remembered by this fan and by many others.

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Hammer I am so sorry to see you go

I shall miss you,you have to know

Good luck to you in your quest

I think that now you might get some rest

At least you will be not too far away

So we shall see here soon for a day

GO HAMMER GO :( :(

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Very sad to see you go, Roman. You were a rock during the first season I followed the Habs religiously (always been a fan but this season was the first one I followed all the way through, every single game)

I wish you the best of luck in Washington, and I pray to god Markov stay healthy when you are not there to carry the D for another year.

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I'm very disappointed we let him walk. 2yrs/7M would absolutely be OK for us.

Would have been way better than Gill for one year at whatever price. Somehow, we put a greater emphasis on signing the one-dimensional PK specialist and not the versatile all-around guy who can actually perform in all situations, not just the penalty kill.

We dropped the ball here. Best of luck, Roman!

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Yeah, a two-year deal would've been great. Now we're stuck with Gill for another year... and he isn't getting any faster. I am sure he's great in the locker room and he is great on the PK... but Hammer is more useful than him in ALL other situations.

And who's going to replace Hammer's 30+ points?

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Yeah, a two-year deal would've been great. Now we're stuck with Gill for another year... and he isn't getting any faster. I am sure he's great in the locker room and he is great on the PK... but Hammer is more useful than him in ALL other situations.

And who's going to replace Hammer's 30+ points?

andrei markov?

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Losing him for a 2-year deal worth $7-million feels like a slap in the teeth, considering 1) everything he has given to the team and 2) the fact that he was still playing some of his best hockey. Best of luck with Washington, Roman, they are looking great with some of the pick-ups they already made (and I cannot believe how badly they fleeced Colorado).

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Losing him for a 2-year deal worth $7-million feels like a slap in the teeth, considering 1) everything he has given to the team and 2) the fact that he was still playing some of his best hockey. Best of luck with Washington, Roman, they are looking great with some of the pick-ups they already made (and I cannot believe how badly they fleeced Colorado).

I get the concern though, I mean everything he's given to the organization is 1 thing and he deserves to be praised for it (and let's be honest, he was very fairly compensated for it) but this contract buys up his next 2 years, not his last 2. If we're getting what he gave us this year for 2 more years, it's pretty close to a slam dunk but at his age guys can fall off very fast so there's inherent risk. I can understand not wanting to go beyond 1 year, especially with Spacek and Gill already under contract and Spacek being a problem.

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Would have been way better than Gill for one year at whatever price. Somehow, we put a greater emphasis on signing the one-dimensional PK specialist and not the versatile all-around guy who can actually perform in all situations, not just the penalty kill.

We dropped the ball here. Best of luck, Roman!

Who among our draft picks has the best chance of replacing Hamrlik and how soon could it happen?

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Who among our draft picks has the best chance of replacing Hamrlik and how soon could it happen?

Yemelin is almost certainly the closest because of his age and experience playing professional hockey. How good he really is, well that's anyone's guess right now but smart people who've scouted/watched him have very good things to say.

As for not signing Roman, I still think 2 years for 7 is something I'm probably uncomfortable with.

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As for not signing Roman, I still think 2 years for 7 is something I'm probably uncomfortable with.

Really? Let's say we make that deal instead of Gill's deal. I feel a lot more comfortable with Hamrlik playing 22 minutes a night than I do Gill. And Hamrlik hasn't shown any signs of his game falling off drastically. In the final year of that deal, Spacek would be gone.

I'd have made that deal over Gill in a second.

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A little insurance with Hamrlik on board would have nice.

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Really? Let's say we make that deal instead of Gill's deal. I feel a lot more comfortable with Hamrlik playing 22 minutes a night than I do Gill. And Hamrlik hasn't shown any signs of his game falling off drastically. In the final year of that deal, Spacek would be gone.

I'd have made that deal over Gill in a second.

Well the Gill signing was a deal I didn't like so if you hold it to that regard I suppose yes, I'd probably rather have Hamrlik's contract than Gill but I don't really like either deal. I mean there's a lot of contracts I don't like, but I do like more than Gomez's and in an ideal world (for me) we'd have none of them.

Even still though, the decline can be very steep at that age so 2 years, significant salary, 35+ contract. The more I think about it, the less I like it. To be honest, I'd have not signed Gill, not signed Hamrlik and tried to land a guy with that money through free agency. Not even a high end guy necessarily.

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I don't think Hamrlik's deal would have been the same in Montreal as he got in Washington. I haven't seen any confirmation of the deal offered Hamrlik but the rumor was slightly under 3 mil and for one year. Hamrlik's agent said they agreed financially but not term. Gauthier seemingly didn't even try to revise the offer as in less money and slightly longer term. I doubt Hamr was ever in the plans. Gauthier heard Hamrlik wanted to "retire in Montreal" and made sure it was a one year deal. Gauthier led him on and ditched him. It's funny though - when it came to the draft the motto was "take the best player available" but when it came to next year's D core the motto got changed.

I read somewhere that Roman turned down a 3 year deal to take Washington's deal. He never wavered from what he said and that was to retire in Montreal and have a chance at a Stanley Cup. Gauthier took away part of that but Roman's going for the other part on his own.

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Good luck Hammer. Best of luck in Washington.

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