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Hamrlik unsure why he’s odd man out in Caps’ D rotation

Feb 5, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Roman Hamrlik hasn’t played a game for the Washington Capitals since Jan. 24, and even with John Erskine‘s suspension, it sounds like he’ll stay in street clothes.

The $3.5 million defenseman didn’t have an answer for why he hasn’t cracked the team’s top six defenseman lately, according to the Washington Times.

“I don’t know. I don’t know,” Hamrlik said. “I don’t know what to tell you.”

Head coach Adam Oates said “he’s a big boy; he’ll get a chance,” but didn’t imply that the 39-year-old blueliner needs to wow him in practice to get back into the mix.

“He doesn’t need to do anything [in practice],” Oates said. “Guys have been playing good hockey, so I don’t think it’s fair to take them out right now.”

Then again, one might point to Washington’s 33 goals allowed in nine games, which is tied with the Buffalo Sabres for the NHL’s worst mark as of this moment.

Hamrlik has played three games so far this season, registering an assist and a -1 rating. He’s also the guy who made quite the rumbling about ending the lockout, yet it’s doubtful that would make a big difference in Oates’ lineup choices.

  1. rsl22 - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    It should be Carlson on nacho duty. On the ice for 20 goals against in 9 games is bad.

  2. habsman - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Cap fans can’t be too impressed with the Adam Oates show thus far.

    After Dale Hunter instilled some discipline and led them to a deep playoff run, we knew Oates would have a tough act to follow. But some of his moves are real head scratchers, especially moving Ovie to the other side.

    The Caps are solid, but if they don’t right the ship soon, they could join as many as four team from last years playoff on the outside looking in.

    • tbbolts91 - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      If I were a caps fan, I’d be missing boudreau…

  3. dcsportsfancv - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    “Hamrlik unsure why he’s odd man out in Caps’ D rotation”
    cause you are old and slow, not to mention your puck handling skills are all but gone.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      agreed, and you ostracized yourself by speaking against your union and teammates…cant do it knowing youre going in as a bubble player…keep your mouth shut and let your play dictate your role – nothing is guaranteed

      • braddavery - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        The Capitols are really in trouble if they are making on-ice decisions based on off-the-ice incidents.

      • braddavery - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:06 PM


        An edit function would be nice.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        point is if you are not good enough and you’re 39 yrs old, dont make it worse by running your mouth. they will give a younger guy a shot to prove himself or go to a guy like schultz who sucks too but at least doesnt run his mouth

  4. mp1113 - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    the entire defense sucks this year. carlson and alzner have been on the ice for like 25 goals each

  5. misterchainbluelightning - Feb 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    You stopped being considered part of the team a few months ago. Go to Europe and see if anyone wants you there.

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