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Washington soap opera continues as Hamrlik chirps Hunter

Feb 23, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

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Which do you prefer: All My Capitals or The Young and the Winless?

Whatever your choice, it’s clear Washington has descended into daytime drama territory — and the latest episode might be the juiciest one yet.

It involves Caps defenseman Roman Hamrlik, scratched for Wednesday’s game in Ottawa because head coach Dale Hunter said he “was giving up too many scoring chances,” and “took a bad penalty last game [against Carolina].”

The penalty critique didn’t sit well with the 37-year-old defenseman, who recently came up in trade rumors.

“You should ask him [Hunter] about penalties,” Hamrlik told 106.7 The Fan Washington. “When he played I think he make lots of penalties himself, so he should know better.”


Hunter, he of the 3565 career PIM, won’t appreciate the veteran rearguard’s response. Hamrlik did take a costly penalty, after all — an elbowing minor Carolina converted for the game-winning goal — and after yesterday’s critique from player agent Alan Walsh (who represents Caps goalie Tomas Vokoun), Hunter is probably in a sour mood.

But there’s another part to this story worth exploring — the potential of a deal. Rumored to be on the block, Hamrlik said he has no control over trade talks….then proceeded to say something that will probably get him shipped out of town. While it’s doubtful he was intentionally forcing GM George McPhee’s hand, Hamrlik has to know those types of comments have consequences.

All in all, another fun day in Washington.

  1. sportsfreak13 - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Defiantly the young and the winless. Have to side with hamrlik though. Hunter seems to be in over his head

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      As a Caps fan… Couldn’t agree more

      • govtminion - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

        Same here. The wheels have come off, Hunter has proven to be a poor solution, time to blow it all up and start over from coach on down. (On the fence on McPhee).

      • natswizskincap - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:26 PM

        Agreed!!! McPhee will be buying considering it
        Could be his head if the Caps don’t make
        The playoffs! I like Hammer and wish him well if he gets traded! Roman for B.B. who’s up for it?

  2. solador78 - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    I vote for “Mutiny on the Beltway.”

  3. t16rich - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Caps fans should be cheering for their opposition. Why even bother with playoffs this year. It will be like last year only the sweep will come in the first round. This team needs a good ol gutting.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      they need to lose out, trade away players for picks and start over in the draft.

  4. jpelle82 - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    ha! caps should trade ovechkin, semin, and hunter to anaheim straight up for boudreau. problems solved.

  5. lsxphotog - Feb 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Hunter is getting a lot of love from the team…NOT!

  6. wethog66 - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    DFH is in over his head, but players like The Hammer and Vagkoun need to be booted out of DC ASAP. The Hammer has been nothing but an older version of Schultz, and Vagkoun’s 5 hole is so wide open one would think he is about to give birth. Bye Bye please.

    • natswizskincap - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      I think Holtby played pretty well in that terrible game the other last week. If your D is standing around
      And watch you it’s bound to get ugly! Ultimately he didn’t do well but he stood
      On his head at the beginning of the game without any help!!! Sell Vokoun, and Wideman for a quality Center. Don’t forget Ward!!!

      • bethgoesglobal - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:56 PM

        I really hope they don’t let Wideman sign with a new team but with the way things have gone this season I couldn’t blame him for wanting to leave.
        I hate to see Semin go but I think it would do him some good to go to a new team where he can get some love from a new fan base, unless of course, he decides to move back to Russia which is always a possibility.
        Enough with the Ovi for Nash talk- NEVER gonna happen. Like it or not he’s in DC for the long haul.
        Green could go but I see the Caps signing to a 1 year deal crossing their fingers he can get through the season w/out injury.
        Carlson could go- despite his sophomore slump he still has good value.
        But who knows- It will be an interesting summer though waiting to see what the Caps will look like next season

      • wethog66 - Feb 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM

        The Hammer, Vagkoun, and Wideman are the best to be shipped out for prospects/picks. With OV and Nicky out for Lord knows how long, Semin isn’t going anywhere. Ward getting shipped out would be nice as well, but I can’t see how another team would want to take on his contract. Here’s hoping though.

  7. ikillchicken - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    This is just getting sad.

  8. Exiled1 - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    hilarious. Trade Ovechkin while he’s still worth a good chunk.

  9. stakex - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    If Hamrlik wants to get back in the lineup, I don’t think calling the coach out in the media is a good way to go about it. He does have a slight point, but you just don’t do that. I think I see a trade in his future, or at least some more press box time.

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