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#44 - Roman Hamrlik 2008-09


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Will Hamrlik be paired with a rookie / 2nd year player?

Or will Hamrlik be paired with top 4 calibre player?

I sort of hope with a top 4 calibre player as a shutdown pairing could be tough to play against. Hammer - Komi. I think it would be a great pairing.

Odds are that Hamrlik will be a teacher and very good defensively. Might get more PP time without Streit to show his offensive skill.

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Roman Hamrlik: Cap Hit: 5,500,000$.

More than a few Canadiens’ fans cringed at Hamrlik 4-year deal last summer, but after one season not a single fan lamented his acquisition. Hamrlik scored 26 points in 77 games, ranked 4th in the league in blocked shots, and finished +7. He was the team’s most dependable defenseman in the playoffs, and a stabilizing force for younger guys in Josh Gorges and Ryan O’byrne, not to mention an older guy in Patrice Brisebois. Hamrlik showed a lot of passion about being a Montreal Canadien, a trait that has separated him as a fan-favorite on the team. Through all the positive, we’d all like to see Roman score a bit more, especially given Mark Streit’s absence from the lineup.

A great year for Roman Hamrlik would be: Another top 5 finish in blocked shots, 10 goals, 30 assists, a + rating, over 20 minutes of ice-time/game, and at least 75 games played. It’s going to be tough for Hamrlik to stay as healthy as he ages, but seeing as how he’s played over 75 games the last two seasons, and has managed to not miss too many games throughout his career, it isn’t too much of a stretch. Forty points is certainly attainable, and the physical edge he showed in the playoffs will be expected from him on a nightly basis. Anything less than 65 games, 25 points, and a - rating would be a disappointment for Roman Hamrlik.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id...p;blogger_id=82

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we need him to be more offensive because apart from markov and brisebois i dont see any other offensive defencemen and brisebois wont be playing every night.

Agreed. We are a bit short on offense at the D position. On the power play, it shouldn't be an issue, because we can always play a forward at the point -- which is essentially what Streit was, since he played forward at even strength -- but the rest of the time, I don't see much offense from backend beyond Markov and Brisebois, and like you said, Breezer isn't going to be playing every night (in fact, he probably won't play much at all unless injury strikes). This is where Hamrlik needs to step up.

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older guys not in as good a shape as it first seemed from the weekend reports maybe ?

could be. but then again laraque has obviously been working in the offseason as he lost weight. i personally think groin injuries can often be contributed to improper stretching techniques before and after games and workouts. they can be prevented. as for hamrlik i don't know, you never really hear anything about him until game 1 of the regular season.

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Hamrlik was a disapointment last night, I know its only pre-season, but the bruins 1st could of easily been stop. Weber did all he can taking one man and even pointing at Hamrlik to take the other. Hamrlik did hussle back at all leaving a great setup to easily beat Halak on a 2 on 1.

His passing wasn't great as well...

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