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Hartnell: Teammates might not defend Hamrlik on ice

Dec 11, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

Scott Hartnell #19 of the Philadelphia Flyers fights against Roman Hamrlik #44 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 20, 2010 in Montreal, Canada.
(May 19, 2010 - Source: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Several weeks ago Washington Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik voiced his disgust at the state of the negotiations. He criticized NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr in particular and Hamrlik’s still paying for it.

Eventually the lockout will end, but Philadelphia Flyers forward Scott Hartnell isn’t sure that the repercussions of those remarks will fade as quickly.

“I can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him,” Hartnell told Team 1200 in Ottawa, according to CSNPhilly’s transcript.

“To sell the PA under the bus and to stick up for a guy like that is going to be hard. I think [Troy] Brouwer said it best in his comments.”

Brouwer called Hamrlik “selfish” and asked how he could trust Hamrlik anymore as a teammate.

Hamrlik claimed that he’s since patched things up with Brouwer.

As for Fehr, he stated that he doesn’t believe in censoring the players and held Hamrlik’s freedom to criticize up as an example of the contrasting philosophies of the NHLPA and NHL.


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  1. mydadyourmom - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Haha why would a big ape like Hamrlik need protection from Hartnell?

  2. jernster21 - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    That’s why the players association is an absolute joke. As much as they like it to look like some sort of democracy, it’s an operation ran by a handful of guys and if you don’t agree with the minority you’re the bad guy who gets called out. Hartnell is a piece of garbage. At least Hamrlik has the balls to say what I guarantee many others agree with.

  3. broadstbully33 - Dec 11, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    He speaks the truth

    • manchestermiracle - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      Maybe about his own club, but I doubt he has a clue how Hamrlik’s teammates see it. Hartnell saying he “can’t wait to see what his teammates do when guys go after him” is pretty classless and immature. Maybe if any of Hartnell’s boys go after Hamrlik, Hamrlik’s teammates will just go straight after Hartnell. Now that I’d like to see.

  4. stangz11 - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Personally I still think that this “union” is run by the big-money players. The depth guys are getting no attention throughout all of this, and when they do speak up a guy like Hartnell comes out and says something like this. It’s a shame

  5. nyrnashty - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    Can’t blame Hamrlik for wanting to play. I’m sure a lot of players agree with him behind closed doors especially older ones who just want to play some hockey before their career ends. Unions in sports are a joke to begin with. Hartnell is a decent player, but he isn’t even worth fighting or listening to when it comes to business. What’s his level of education anyway?

  6. spongebobsportspants - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Shut up Hartnell. Labor negotiations are always emotional. Those involved sometimes say things in the heat of the moment they can’t take back. Once a deal is signed, maturity says forgive and forget.

  7. bruinpred - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    To the tune of Captain America:
    When Scottie Hartnell wears his mighty shield; all those opposed to his mighty shield must yield; when he was a Pred, no glass on his head; he would turtle or just play dead; when Scottie Hartnell wears his mighty shield!

    Corning should buy the Flyers!!

  8. gekkoguy82 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    • gekkoguy82 - Dec 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      Well, that didn’t come out how I meant it. It’s a link to a facebook group called Just Drop It, and it’s basically a pledge that says for every game missed from here on out, each fan who signs up will not attend a game, buy merchandise, etc. A 1:1 ratio. 1 game cancelled = 1 game missed. I think the count is up to 4 now. We need to stick up for ourselves!

  9. ironmike778 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Hartnell is a putz. What a chump.

  10. blomfeld - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    To know truth is wisdom, yet to speak truth often takes courage …

    • mmcneels81 - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:27 PM

      that’s deep, man

  11. isithockeyseasonyet - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    I like hartnell, met him once and he’s a really nice guy outside of hockey but what a stupid thing to say, who’s to say that there arent certain players on his own team who feel the same way about hartnells participation in negotiations and won’t stand up for him, I would hope the players can separate business and the game but hartnell should mind his own business on this one

    • hockeyflow33 - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:27 AM

      I despise Hartnell but he doesn’t need any help defending himself

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Dec 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

      That’s about the best response anyone could write about it. Well said.

  12. valoisvipers - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Although I am a fan of Hartnell, I find his comments to be as clown like as he looks.Smarten up Bozo.

  13. manchestermiracle - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    With this grade-school level of threats amongst themselves it’s no wonder the owners firmly believe they can take the players to the cleaners. Again. Seriously, are there any adults in charge of the union?

    • nderdog - Dec 12, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      I’m pretty sure there aren’t any adults on either side of the table at this point.

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