A day after Washington placed Roman Hamrlik on waivers, the New York Rangers claimed the 38-year-old veteran blueliner from the Capitals on Wednesday.
Hamrlik, the leader among all active NHL players in career games played (1,383), had been a healthy scratch for 16 of Washington’s last 17 games and for 17 of 21 this season. He started the season as a regular, but was scratched after playing in the first three games of the season. Hamrlik got into just one more game, on Feb. 7 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
The left-handed Hamrlik fell down Washington’s depth chart at the start of this season when John Erskine emerged to take more left side minutes and Tom Poti returned to the lineup after a two-year absence related to injury. Hamrlik was beneath those two plus Karl Alzner and Jeff Schultz on Washington’s left side. The Caps also have lefty Jack Hillen, who is still recovering from an upper-body injury sustained in the team’s season opener in Tampa on Jan. 19.
Signed to a two-year contract worth a total of $7 million on July 1, 2011, Hamrlik got into 68 regular season games and all 14 playoff contests with Washington last spring. He averaged 19:13 per game during the regular season and logged top four minutes in the playoffs, averaging 22:17 in those 14 contests, several of which required overtime.
In 72 career regular season games with Washington, Hamrlik totaled two goals, 14 points, 36 penalty minutes and was a plus-10. He had a goal and four points with 12 penalty minutes and was a plus-8 in 14 playoff games.
Hamrlik’s last goal as a member of the Capitals came on May 12, 2012 in Game 7 of the team’s second-round playoff series against the Rangers. It was the lone Washington goal in a 2-1 loss.
The first player chosen overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning and the first player drafted in that franchise’s history, Hamrlik has also toiled for Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Calgary, Montreal and Washington over the course of his 20-year NHL career.
Hamrlik is still owed approximately $1.1 million on his initial contract with Washington, that figure is now the Rangers’ responsibility and it comes off the Capitals’ salary cap figure.Posted in: Sports
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