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Caps place d-man Hamrlik on waivers

Mar 5, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

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A healthy scratch in all but four games this season, veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik has been placed on waivers by the Washington Capitals.

Hamrlik, 38, is in the final year of a two-year, $7 million contract. His salary (prorated) and cap hit for this season is $3.5 million.

Hamrlik was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 1992. He’s played 1,383 career games and scored 638 points for the Lightning, Oilers, Islanders, Flames, Canadiens and Capitals.

In 2011-12, he suited up 68 times for the Caps in the regular season, scoring twice and adding 11 assists while averaging 19:13 per game. He also appeared in all 14 Washington playoff games (1G, 3A, 22:17).

Update (5:06 p.m. ET):

In other club news, the Caps have signed tough defenseman Steven Oleksy to a one-year contract and recalled him from AHL Hershey.

They’ve also placed defenseman Mike Green (groin) on injured reserve; he’s eligible to return Thursday versus Florida.

Washington hosts Boston tonight.

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  1. thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Maybe the Bruins will snap him up in order to learn “How to dive”.

    • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      favorite Hamrlik moment – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdpR4rQF8jA

      • thesportsjudge - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        Such a great moment. I’m glad someone got my comment.

      • nunan - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:31 PM

        Proof that playing for the Habs causes players to lower their standards.

      • habsman - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

        Did you guys know there are at least three videos making the rounds showing Bruins diving and cheap shots?

        They’re really funny, I think you’d enjoy them.

  2. dipthatchip - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    he was getting paid quite a bit of money to eat nachos in the pressbox

    • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      I’m sure they’re hoping someone takes him.

  3. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Too bad for Hammer as he was one of the few players to speak the truth during the lockout.

  4. h0ckeycoach - Mar 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Move Ovi already.

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