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Ek wrote an article about the top 5 most improved teams over the off season. The teams from number 5 to 1 were Minny, LAK, Coumbus, Buffalo and the Caps. In his explaination of why the caps are the most improved team, he completely overlooked the addidion of Roman Hamrlik. Yes, the addition of Vokoun and MAYBE Joel Ward (*arguable)are more important but Roman was a key move for that team. Id love to see Hammer hoisting Lord Stanley next season!

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Roman really doesn't like training camps huh? François Gagnon of La Presse reports that after the second round of fitness tests, Hammer ended up in the Caps infirmary.

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Roman really doesn't like training camps huh? François Gagnon of La Presse reports that after the second round of fitness tests, Hammer ended up in the Caps infirmary.

I was just reading the training camp blog, and apparently Hamrlik has a tightened groin or something like that...So Bruce Boudreau told him not to play.

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Roman really doesn't like training camps huh? François Gagnon of La Presse reports that after the second round of fitness tests, Hammer ended up in the Caps infirmary.

Yes he certainly was hurting the other night apparently - over 27 minutes with a goal and an assist.

Montreal media can't seem to leave him alone.

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All these ridiculous shenanigans we're dealing with now could have been avoided if we had signed Hamrlik, the actual top 4, dependable, two way defenseman instead of Gill, a glorified PK specialist with "leadership".

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All these ridiculous shenanigans we're dealing with now could have been avoided if we had signed Hamrlik, the actual top 4, dependable, two way defenseman instead of Gill, a glorified PK specialist with "leadership".

I miss him already. Steady as clockwork, you could count on him in both ends of the ice, every night.

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I miss him already. Steady as clockwork, you could count on him in both ends of the ice, every night.

Ditto. It's unfortunate we didn't work to find a way to keep him around.

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I miss Hammer,I always liked him and said he was under appreciated many times,now every one is sorry he is gone,just hope no one boos him when he comes back home.

GO HAMMER GO :lol: :lol:

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I'm really missing what he brought to the team. Imagine if our top pairing was Hamrlik-Subban instead of Gill-Subban. Gill is painful to watch.

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Congratulations Roman Hamrlik on your newest milestone. Tying Bobby Holik is something you can be extremely proud of on so many different levels. Picking up and moving to North America while just a kid has enough of hurdles which include: learning the language, lifestyle and culture. Now put on the shoulders of the same kid the high expectations of being a number one draft pick and the very first player to wear a Tampa Bay jersey. That's a lot to ask of an eighteen year old.

You've withstood the test of time and achieved a great milestone for yourself. Enjoy it and be proud. It takes a lot of guts to displace yourself and go through the trials and tribulations of finding success. Too many of those trials and tribulations challenged you in Montreal I thought, on and off the ice, but you met each one with much class.

Congrats on a great achievement.

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Hammer is out with an undisclosed injury.

He must have been talking to someone about his stint in Montreal. Just mentionning the Habs has become an injury hazard ;)

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He was a healthy scratch tonight.

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He was a healthy scratch tonight.

Nothing against you at all but as it turns out he actually was injured and missed four games. And he quite possibly was playing injured before being shelved. Since he's come back he's been the Hamr of old. He's scoring points now, more comfy in his new digs, killing penalties and chewing minutes.

Some of the Montreal media couldn't wait to report that I bet and then never bothered correcting themselves. For the Montreal media and the fans that hated him it was a fun story because it justified the signing of Gill which certain media types helped to promote.

Some even piled on with the Crosby stuff when Hamrlik said essentially the same thing a couple of teammates did about hitting Crosby. Hamr was more straight foreward and to the point. And you know what? Crosby ends up on the shelf again after a collision with a teammate. Maybe now folks will understand what Hamr was trying to say - you don't want to be that guy to take him out needlessly.

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Nothing against you at all but as it turns out he actually was injured and missed four games. And he quite possibly was playing injured before being shelved. Since he's come back he's been the Hamr of old. He's scoring points now, more comfy in his new digs, killing penalties and chewing minutes.

Some of the Montreal media couldn't wait to report that I bet and then never bothered correcting themselves. For the Montreal media and the fans that hated him it was a fun story because it justified the signing of Gill which certain media types helped to promote.

Well a few things, first I just relied what the media was reporting. Second, it wasn't just the Montreal media, the Washington media also reported that he was a healthy scratch and posted quotes from Dale Hunter, seemingly about it, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/1/capitals-roman-hamrlik-healthy-scratch-against-pen/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS.

The signing of Gill is unrelated to Hamrlik, we offered Hamrlik a 1-year deal too. It was clearly about not wanting to give an over 35 a multi year deal, especially with the decline tending to be so steep at that age. It was a fair decision.

As for Hamrlik being the Hammer of old, yes he has 3 assists in 11 games since returning (hardly compelling) and his ice time is right inline with where it was early in the season.

I'm not convinced. I'm actually thrilled we didn't retain him TBH. Great guy though and I do hope he's playing as well as you imply. Caps fans still seem pretty irritated with him.

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Well a few things, first I just relied what the media was reporting. Second, it wasn't just the Montreal media, the Washington media also reported that he was a healthy scratch and posted quotes from Dale Hunter, seemingly about it, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/dec/1/capitals-roman-hamrlik-healthy-scratch-against-pen/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS.

The signing of Gill is unrelated to Hamrlik, we offered Hamrlik a 1-year deal too. It was clearly about not wanting to give an over 35 a multi year deal, especially with the decline tending to be so steep at that age. It was a fair decision.

As for Hamrlik being the Hammer of old, yes he has 3 assists in 11 games since returning (hardly compelling) and his ice time is right inline with where it was early in the season.

I'm not convinced. I'm actually thrilled we didn't retain him TBH. Great guy though and I do hope he's playing as well as you imply. Caps fans still seem pretty irritated with him.

Just to be clear - I know you were only reporting what you saw. No problem with that - I just can't stand some of the Montreal media who pounce on every chance to demean the guy in an attempt to support their own agendas. But when things are bad without him on the roster I guess they have to demean him if they see the opportunity.

Hamr's role is different in Washington. No powerplay time with OV playing the point and Wideman / Carlson. His point production is gonna slip for sure. He has ES minutes and PK minutes. Washington fans were / are irritated but then I remember a lot of Montreal fans hating him too no matter what he did - for years. Sensible fans with a higher hockey IQ see the good things he does while others need to have their scapegoat and follow like sheep and dwell on every mistake.

IMHO......the Gill signing has everything to do with Hamrlik. He takes up cap space too. Good PKer, pathetic elsewhere. Are the Habs going to keep him forever to maintain that top 5 PK standing?

Anyway......just wanted to be clear - not blaming you for what was reported or your post. But we'll have to disagree on Hamrlik / Gill. :)

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Hammer in the bad books it seems. Rumour is that they are shopping him.

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Hammer in the bad books it seems. Rumour is that they are shopping him.

yep...heard of this news yesterday

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What a surprise - rumors he was being shopped originated out of Montreal.

Good luck in the playoffs, Hamr!

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So it's still a good thing the Habs did not re-sign Hamrlik on a two year contract that probably would have been less than what he signed in Washington? He's clearly washed up and non-productive.

Regular Season:

Ranked third plus / minus at plus eleven.

Mentored young Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek during the regular season.

2nd in blocked shots and 1st in ***** / Game

1st Round Playoffs:

Team plus / minus leader with his D partner Mike Green at plus 5.

2nd blocked shots.

Led Caps' d-men with three points.

2nd ES TOI

Anchored 2nd wave on a PK ranked 2nd in the playoffs.

Good luck in the second round, Roman. Still wish you were a Hab.

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Ya i wanted him gone myself but then once i saw that all the older guys were gone i was thinking to myself.. damn we're gonna miss him :(

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Put on waivers today.

Apparently Oates is very adamant on left handed d-men playing left side. Too many lefties on washington and hes odd man out according to bobby mac

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NHL.com. Roman Hamrlik has announced his retirement today. He played 20 seasons and 1,395 games and finishes with 638 points on 155 goals and 483 assists. He played in 3 All-Star games (1996, 1999, and 2003) and won an Olympic gold medal in 1998.

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