Roman Hamrlik was the Canadiens’ biggest offseason acquisition, signing a four-year, $22- million deal as a free agent after playing the last two seasons in Calgary. While some criticized the move by general manager Bob Gainey, the Czech defenceman has silenced his ritics with his steady and confident play on the blue line.
Heading into last night’s game against Pittsburgh, the 6-foot-2, 208-pounder had three goals and 15 assists to go along with a plus-6. While Hamrlik won’t put up the same offensive numbers as Sheldon Souray, the previous No. 44 with the Canadiens, the goals he prevents more than make up for it.
In this week’s One-on-One, The Gazette’s Kevin Mio sat down with Hamrlik to discuss his desire to play in Canada and one embarrassing moment he isn’t likely to forget.