Audio: Hamrlik comments on new life with Capitals


Former Canadiens defenceman Roman Hamrlik’s face is projected on the ice during a game vs. the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre.
Shaun Best, Reuters

Veteran defenceman Roman Hamrlik will be pulling on a Washington Capitals jersey next season and the season after that, having on Friday signed a two-year, $7-million contract with the Caps.

Hamrlik, for four years a Canadien, spoke for about 12 minutes on a teleconference Saturday early afternoon, discussing his move from Montreal to Washington.

β€’ AUDIO: Roman Hamrlik teleconference


  1. likehoy says:

    so after 3 days of free agency, in the easter conference, here’s my list of who got better and who got worse in no particular order

    Progressed: Montreal, NYR, Buffalo, Toronto, Florida, Washington.

    Regressed: Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Boston, Carolina.

    No real change: NJ, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, NYI

    If you ask me, I think that we’re generally going to have the same 10 teams fighting for a playoff spot. I think the conference will be a lot tighter this year than last year

    – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  2. TomNickle says:

    Sorry for being late to the party. But what in the hell is David Poile doing? Does Brian Burke have a J.Edgar Hoover like file cabinet full of dirt on opposing General Managers?

    How in the hell can Poile in good conscience give up Cody Franson and Mattew Lombardi for Robert Slaney and Brett Lebda? I understand that Lombardi has a serious concussion. But why not throw him on LTIR? Why give up Cody Franson for two guys that are highly unlikely to get into your lineup? Unreal.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      LTIR means he still has to pay him $7M and I guess they can’t afford that.

      • TomNickle says:

        I’d rather beg for new investors and offer a minority share than trade Franson for that suckers’ package. Jeebus.

      • darcy1 says:

        If i’m not mistaken, As long as the contract is insured they don’t pay a penny, and until he got hurt there was no history of injury.

        ”If you’ve only got one day to live, come see the Toronto Maple Leafs. It’ll seem like forever. ” Pat Foley (Blackhawks broadcaster)

  3. SeriousFan09 says:

    We have three, count that, three prospects at F who have scored 40+ in a season and only Gallagher has done it 2x. Montreal at present can not afford to cede 1st and 2nd round picks, regardless of late they may be in those rounds for more players who can not step up and be leading men and not secondary players. We have lost out on too many good 2nd round choices alone in the last three years to avoid selecting at least twice in the first 60 of the coming draft. The prospect pool for high-end offence is very thin and MTL can not toss it all alway for another year. We are talking about giving up more than BOS gave up for Horton, who broomed us out of the first round and is a better player. Right now, this is not the time to gamble a big part of the future, not when the prospect pool needs an injection, after tapping out the ’07 class and 2008 looks like Kristo or Bust.

    • likehoy says:

      if for example we acquire dubinsky, who is 25, to a multi year contract (4+), he’s available immediately to give us a chance to be a better team today.

      if after 4 years of his service, we suck and finish last, we get a top 3 pick and that guy has a better chance of stepping in and making an impact in the NHL in 2015 than the 2012 20th overall pick

      a 1st 2nd 3rd is less than wideman, 1st, and 3rd that was send to panthers.

      – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

    • TomNickle says:

      Are you referring to a concern of signing a player with excellent talent who has produced mediocre results? Is this Dubinsky talk?

      If we’re potentially going after a guy like Stamkos, I’m all for it, even if it means three or four first round picks. And even though we really can’t afford it right now, but anything more than $3 million for a guy like Dubinsky is nuts in my opinion.

      • HardHabits says:

        The Habs could have a top 6 that would include each player as a potential 25+ goal scorer. That would be lethal.

        • TomNickle says:

          I wouldn’t give up anything more than a 1st round pick for Dubinsky. I like him, think he’s got good years ahead of him too. But certainly not a game breaker that I could justify parting with multiple high round picks for.

          • HardHabits says:

            He’s worth a 1st, 2nd and 3rd IMO. Look at what Vharlamov got. Halak. I say pull the trigger. Move Gomez at the same time, get Anton Babchuk and a R-handed 50%+ FO winning centre and it’s book your tickets for the parade time. LOL.

          • TomNickle says:

            That 1st, 2nd and 3rd could be Pacioretty, Subban and Plekanec.

            No thanks.

          • HardHabits says:

            They could also be David Fischer, Ben Maxwell and Mac Bennett.

            Better a bird in the hand than 3 in the bush.

          • TomNickle says:

            McDonagh, Subban and Weber were 1st,2nd & 3rd round picks in 2007.

            Fischer, Maxwell and White were the corresponding picks in 2006 and….

            Price and Latendresse were the 1st and 2nd round picks in 2005.

            We hit in the early rounds more than we miss. I’d much rather keep picks that could be potential stars than give them up for a player who might be but costs more.

          • HardHabits says:

            That’s why I like you TN.

            I often disagree with you. In fact for the most part I disagree with most of what you say, but you’re always respectful in the manner you present your ideas and disagree with others.

            It’s important that both sides of the discussion are well represented. I agree the price could be considered high but the returns would be worth it.

            Going after Stamkos is IMO the ludicrous move and is a pipe dream, although if pulled off I would gainfully accept. But we’re talking fantasy land here with that move.

            Dubinsky is more realistic, is NHL proven, and at 25 is entering his prime. He’d fit the new Habs identity. He’d also add some grit as well as 50+ points.

            I think the Habs should not be afraid to make an offer sheet to an RFA at this point if it means putting them over the top now. Dubinsky’s 25 goals added to what Cole brings would make the Habs a bona fide contender for top 5 over-all next season IMO.

          • TomNickle says:

            I don’t disagree on Dubinsky. His talent or the type of player he is. I disagree with the return. I would be much more inclined to explore a trade with Sather than I would be to sign Dubinsky to an offer sheet. I would bet that Callahan, Stepan and Staal are the only untouchables they have. In fact, Dave Pagnotta reported that they were dangling Dubinsky at the draft.

            But apparently Gauthier is speaking with Stan Bowman from Chicago.

  4. SeriousFan09 says:

    HH: Even more important than that MTL retain it’s picks, late picks mean each round you are close to selecting in the next one really, look what WSH has unearthed with late round selections with Green, Carlson, Kuznetsov and more. MTL is not so rich in talent we can laugh off the first three rounds of a good draft year and I think we all know that. People would be tearing their hair out by 2015 quite easily on that one.

    • HardHabits says:

      It’s one year. The Habs have prospects to fill in the gaps. Late round picks are more of a crap shoot then 1st round ones SF. You know that. To me Dubinsky is proven. He looks like he has better years in him. He’s a potential 30 goal scorer. The Habs would have a sick top six if he replaced Gomez.

      And yes. All this is coming from a person who’s been touting building via the draft for quite some time now. Sometimes though one has to step outside the box. Making an offer sheet to Brandon Dubinsky is one of those times.

      • HabFanSince72 says:

        The Habs do not have a lot of prospects, and have no really exciting ones (although I’m cautiously optimistic about Beaulieu and Leblanc).

        Another reason the constant trading of 2nd and 3rd round picks for rentals bugs me is we have in Timmins and his crew maybe the best evaluators of future talent in the league. Let ’em work their magic.

        On the other hand, if we’re talking about Dubinsky I would say pull the trigger. HH is right about him. He’s a good one.

      • punkster says:

        By the way, good summary on the Konopka thing. I had a look at a couple of Isles blogs yesterday and saw some pretty unfavourable comments going back over the season. All is good.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    HH thinks we need to build through the draft, than insists in an upcoming strong draft class we cede our first three most important picks for a secondary talent… Yeah I think NY hosed us badly enough on Gomez. Pass.

    • HardHabits says:

      LOL. Seriously Serious. Dubinsky has had increase points totals for 4 years running, is decent in the FO circle, is gritty, has decent size, has drive, is a typical N.A.G. type player. He would fit right in.

      I think the Habs should make the offer sheet if only so that the Rangers have to match it.

      And. It’s just a suggestion compadre.

    • likehoy says:

      build through the draft, that’s worked out great for us in the last 10 years! unless we have a top 10 pick, I say get trade it.

      I think we are better off trying to get 1 draft pick to make the NHL per draft class and just getting UFAs and making trades with our picks and prospects.

      if you draft 5 players per year, and 1 player per draft class makes the NHL, it’s a solid turnover. if you can get a solid NHLer in return for some unknown quantities of prospects and picks, then we’re in the game.

      for example look at the hossa trade from atlanta to pittsburgh. Does atlanta have any of those players left over? no. Esposito looks like he won’t make the NHL.
      how about kovalchuk to the devils? slight chance cormier makes the NHL, who knows about that late first rounder given up.

      another example is ryan smyth to islanders for nilsson, o’marra and 2007 1st rounder who is…? not sam gagner.

      another example is pronger for lupul + smid… pronger’s a mainstay.

      if you have assets, trade them. As sam pollock said, the team that gets the best player wins the trade.

      we have assets, 1st, 2nd, 3rd are worth poop compared to a consistent 50 point player. A first rounder in the late teens, early 20s will be hardfought to put up 50 points a season in his career.

      – Gomez is holding down the “overpaid” button

  6. HabinBurlington says:

    So the brilliant hockey writer in Ottawa (okay I know he thinks he is) Bruce Garrioch says Habs Signing of Eric Cole was 1 of the 6 stupidest signings of the UFA’s. Ahhhh okay Bruce, thanks for your opinion, there has to be a buffet open somewhere in Ottawa go celebrate the Nation’s birthday some more will ya!

    • HabinBurlington says:

      Also, the leafs included a 4th round pick to Nashville, now I see why Poile made the move. To think we thought he got robbed, fleeced, beaten and stoned by Burke.

    • Bugs says:

      Heard about this Garrioch whine yesterday; poor sumbastich was evidently expecting these guys to make no more’n 600 bucks a week playing with his brother-in-law in the Oompa-Loompa League.

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

      • punkster says:

        Bugs… just read your note earlier and figured out what you meant. All is good. Well, the bunion’s acting up but I figure with all that jazz fest walking and standing…what? Never mind.

        ***Subbang Baby!!!***

  7. hirky says:

    any updates on this whole MTL-CHI trade rumours?? Any word on what number JP Dumont will wear when he signs a 1yr/$575k deal with the Canadiens? Is there a reason we havent signed Brendan Morrison yet. Why not grab Antti Miettenen? Maybe we should bring back AK27?? PG are you listening to me anymore? If you are forget the Kovalev comment. πŸ™‚

    • showey47 says:

      Speaking of AK27 according to twitter reports kovy apparently asked his agent to contact gauthier to see if there was any interest.

      • Harry says:

        If not Gauthier, some Habs fans would have some interest in Kovy, a real popular Hab and may not be done yet…a line with AK 47 Eller and AK 27 would not be half bad…Sunday is always a great day for speculation…..maybe Sergei has graduated from obedience school?
        One talented player even if he began as a young twit…

    • Malreg says:

      renhockey Renaud P Lavoie
      Et les #canadiens n’ont eu aucune discussion avec les #blackhawks concernant une possible transaction, peu importe le joueur.

  8. HardHabits says:

    This my HH wish list for PG:

    Sign Anton Babchuk
    HEIGHT: 6′ 5″
    WEIGHT: 212
    BIRTHDATE: MAY 6, 1984 (AGE 27)
    82 GP 11-24-35
    Booming shot from the point — 16 and 11 goals in last two NHL seasons

    Make an offer sheet for Brandon Dubinsky. Supposedly he want’s in the vicinity of 4.5M. I say the Habs make that offer sheet to him. If the Rangers have to match it they’d be hurt big time.

    If the Habs are actually able to trade Gomez offer Dubinsky 5 million per year!!!!!


    • showey47 says:

      I was sort of wondering why this guy is still available. Seems like someone you could easily have on your 2nd pairing.

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      “Make an offer sheet for Brandon Dubinsky. Supposedly he want’s in the vicinity of 4.5M.”

      We’d have to give up a 1st, a 2nd and a 3rd round pick.

    • SyntaxLove says:

      Calgary needs at least one more D. With about $4mil left in cap space, maybe Babchuk wanted more than they were offering & thought he’d take a chance on UFA. I want to give Weber & Yemelin a shot. However, if Weber played as a fwd & Spac rotated with Yemelin, Babchuk would work out.

      Rangers have like $15mil in space though; no way we could sign Dubz even after their remaining signings.

  9. showey47 says:

    Couldn’t help but notice that former bulldog goalie cedric desjardins is a ufa. Should gauthier try to bring him back since we need a goalie for hamilton?

  10. SmartDog says:

    When was the last time PG robbed someone? How about never.

  11. HabinBurlington says:

    So Nashville just signed Bergfors, 1 yr. 575K, so ship out a really good Dman, sign a below average forward, make room for Weber and hope Trotz makes chicken salad out of chicken shite again.

    • mrhabby says:

      burke fleeced nashville…laffs defense is looking big. setting himself up to take a run at parise or stamkos …has to be.

      • HabinBurlington says:

        Thats the rumours on the street. If indeed Yzerman is actually entertaining the trading of Stamkos he better get back a boatload of 1st rounders and something significant from Burke. Wonder if Stevie Y is calling Mr. Holland for advice.

        • mrhabby says:

          a pile of 1st rounders for sure..i could not imagine steve y letting this happen. with new ownership, players and they loose stamkos it would be a serious set back for that franchise. stamkos is the new star down there.

  12. Habitant in Surrey says:

    …what are the odds come May/June 2012 We will regret not retaining Hamrlik and Pouliot ?
    …I don’t have the energy or interest to get into any debate with HIO’s Reservoir Dogs …but, let’s see next May/June 2012 if I was right

    Habitant means PASSIONATE HOCKEY

  13. JF says:

    I wish Gauthier would make another move. I’m getting nervous watching other teams, including the Leafs, get better, and the available free agents disappear while we’re still short key pieces. And how about trying to steal some high draft picks? Washington’s signing Vokoun for a mere $1.5 million makes Colorado’s trading draft picks for Varlamov look worse than it already did. Come on, PG, we’re all waiting.

    • mrhabby says:

      he did make some moves and iam sure he will make more.
      did you see what burke did today..just stole players from nashville…

      • JF says:

        That’s what I mean. Burke stole players, the Caps stole draft picks, Philly robbed Columbus a few days ago and possibly L.A. as well. Gauthier needs to be a bit more ruthless. I like what he’s done so far, and I’m sure he has other moves planned, but I wish he could find a way to pull off a real coup, like tendering an offer sheet to Stamkos.

        • mrhabby says:

          yup agree .makes you wonder when you look at some of the player trades.

        • HabFanSince72 says:

          “Gauthier needs to be a bit more ruthless. ”

          Agreed, but I think he’ll need to work himself up to ruthless. Remember this man is a vegan.

          He should start off by eating dairy products, buying a wool sweater.

          Then maybe he can move up to leather shoes, and crustaceans.

          By the time he’s sitting down to a veal chop and buying his wife a fur coat for Christmas, then maybe just maybe he can take advantage of other GMs.

    • JayBee says:

      Once Gauthier signed Cole, he went on vacation.

    • habs_r_us says:

      with about 8mil left in cap space you can bet your house the only moves that pg will be making in the next few months will be signing gorges,white along with a depth dman that should leave about 2mil left in cap space which pg usually leaves that space available for trades or whatever later in the year.. this is what will happen not what id suggest should happen

  14. t1tan5 says:

    First of all, the whole Gomez thing is being reported by ONE person in the world (Incarcerated Bob or whatever). Even if it were true, I wouldn’t be too upset. All it shows is that Gomez wants to be part of this team and is committed to redeeming himself from last season. Besides, it’s not like Richards is an all-world player; he was just in the right situation (UFA) at the right time.

  15. Bugs says:

    Great 1st half BRA vs VEN.
    Gettin nasty out there.

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  16. CHsam says:

    Would love to have Crosby in the CH. That would be money. Literally.

  17. CHsam says:

    Hoo boy. If Gomez really did nix that deal, he better be ready to bust his ass when the puck drops. The boo
    birds will be merciless

  18. habs001 says:

    we have pk and markov to produce points on d …spacek,gill and gorges dont produce points…weber still has to show he can produce offense while playing d…yemelin has no nhl experience and has not been a producer of points in the khl…we lost the wiz and hammer….it really all depends on pk to step it up and markov back to form otherwise we will have a poor scoring d…while people hate the leafs if you look at their overall d they have more potential to out score our d…

  19. Neutral says:

    if PG is gonna spend a little more mulla, miettinen looks about the best choice remaining other than that, keep the money for down the road.

    • Bugs says:

      Yikes. If Miettinen is the best choice, there AIN’T no choice, aw’ight? It means there’s nothing left on the shelf. The place has gone out of business. The plane has crashed into the mountain.
      It means “let’s get Nuke Paloosh up here”. That’s what it means. It doesn’t mean anything else.
      …miettinen…aw, jeez… Has it really come to this?!?

      Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

    • Sean Bonjovi says:

      I’d love to seen PG replace Moen with Miettinen.

  20. Bugs says:

    Ummm…Connolly is an upgrade on Grabby?
    Where, on Pluto? Huh? On PLUTO?
    Only place it would make sense cuz it’s not even a PLANET anymore, man. Which means the laws of nature are completely outta WACK and maybe that’s why over THERE, on friggin PLUTO, Connolly is an upgrade on Grabby. Cuz lemme tell yehs, on a REAL planet, where up is up and down is down, you know? Sh*te like that makes NO kinda sense and…and…DAMN, man!
    All I gotta say.

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  21. Bugs says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on who we should try to acquire in a trade and honestly, I can’t think of anyone’d be more suited for this club than Sidney Crosby.
    Think about it. He’s a pretty good player; I think we should take a chance and maybe make a play for this guy.
    He would be PERFECT playing our system, I think.

    Gone figuratively fishin filibusts L. B. Potter, esq.

  22. HabFanSince72 says:

    Everyone thinks David Poile is some sort of genius. He just got hosed by Brian Burke of all people.

    He has been GM of the Preds since day one (1998).

    His team has won exactly one playoff series in 14 years. They have won 14 games in 14 years.

    Other small budget teams that have made more noise in the playoffs include: Carolina, Anaheim, Tampa, Florida, Minnesota, Edmonton, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, Buffalo.

    In fact only Phoenix, Columbus, Toronto, NYI, and Atlanta have an equal or worse overall post-season record.

    His team has been consistently mediocre in those 14 years.

    • Chris says:

      I’m not sure that Poile is a genius so much as his coach is. That being said, Poile is always behind the 8-ball: the Predators ownership has no money, and everybody knows it. Every year, he is on a budget that leaves the team $8-12 million below the cap floor, and pretty much every year he assembles a cast of characters that Trotz is able to guide into the playoffs or to the verge.

  23. dtoight says:

    I have a sick feeling that Burke might land Stamkos. He’s proven that his draft picks mean nothing to him!! Something along the lines of Schenn, kadri, coborne 2 first rounders and a 2nd rounder for Stamkos.
    PG should offer Gorges, AK, Tinordi, and 2 first rounders for Stamkos!!

    • HabFanSince72 says:

      If Burke lands Stamkos, Guy Boucher realizes Tampa are going nowhere, and we get him back after the mortician’s contract runs out – maybe sooner.

      Silver lining.

      • ed lopaz says:

        thought I was alone re: “mortician”.

        martin is 50 wins and 62 losses in post season play.

        I guess its all Patrick Lalimes fault.

        Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  24. christophor says:

    Gotta say that the Leafs D is looking good: Phanny, Lilly, Schenn, Fran, Guns, and Aulie

    Thankfully, we can be confident they’ll manage to fall on their faces nonetheless.

    Edit: I’m glad that trade with Nashville happened just for the fact that Komisarek is now a 4.5mil 7th D

  25. SmartDog says:

    If it’s true that Gomez killed a trade that might’ve had him leaving town, that SOB better come to camp in the best shape of his miserable, over-paid life.

    If Gomez doesn’t come ready to start right out of the blocks instead of dragging his ass around until January like last year, he’s not just a rip-off but a liar as well.

    • HardHabits says:

      And so it begins.

      The Gomez nixed the Brad Richards deal urban myth will become the focal point of the Gomez/Richards season long comparisons. Notice how I refrained from saying bitch-fest and whining. πŸ™‚

      Gentlemen. Start your engines.


      BTW. Didn’t you equate Brad Richards to Gomez a few days ago? If memory serves me you did say BR was over-the-hill and going to be too expensive. If I read correctly you posted that you were against the Habs signing Richards. Am I correct?

      • SmartDog says:

        Never equated Gomez to Richards. No-one that I can think of compares to Gomez. I didn’t really want Richards, so that much is true. But trading Richards for Gomez? Heck, where do I sign? Both have crazy contracts, one is a true first line Center, who’s performed at near a pt/game much of his career. The other is a 2nd or 3rd line center who had one good year and wasn’t even HALF a point per game last year.

        And I didn’t say these rumours were true. I said “if they ARE true”. I’m careful about my words (most of the time anyway)…. you don’t need to like what I say, but don’t attribute things to me that I didn’t say.

    • SyntaxLove says:

      It’s not as if our opinion of Gomez can become much worse. at $7.3 mil, everything he does is damage limitation.

    • ed lopaz says:

      there have been a lot of very good and some great (think Crosby) players who have been injured recently.

      the league has become much tougher to play in since Gomez broke in way back when.

      if you want to know whats wrong with Gomez, I will not hesitate to tell you what I think – and its ugly.

      He has won his cups, he has battled, and he is now on the downslope of his career.

      He is starting to think that he would like to leave hockey one day and not have to live with headaches and chronic injuries.

      He plays small, away from the dirty areas along the boards and in front of the net.

      he relies on his skating and stick handling to set up plays,

      but he is not prepared to take risks on the ice, and it shows.

      even in the defensive zone coverage, he will cheat and turn away from the play looking to transition too quickly, and not be the guy to go deep in our zone and battle.

      players that battle are getting injured every game – and Gomez rarely battles and rarely gets injured.

      what to do?

      Well if Pacioretty is back at 100%, he and Gionta will battle for that line.

      If is a big word.

      But Pacioretty is one of biggest keys to the Habs success going forward.

      In order of importance, it goes:

      Price needs another Vezina type season

      Markov needs a healthy, all star season

      Pacioretty needs to be healthy and 25+ goal score, power forward winning battles and helping Gomez and Gionta create real scoring chances

      So lets hope that Patches is the player I think he was about to become.

      He has all the tools and the work ethic to be a star in this league, and I believe he can make Gomez a much better player next year.

      Do not expect Gomez to turn anything around on his own, he needs help from his wingers.

      Habs hockey is “smart” hockey – we play 5 man defence, not just 2 – we move up the ice as a 5 man unit, we back check with 5.

  26. Sportfan says:

    Lol i think they need a new page its starting to get really packed here. I want Konopka too but what are the rumors going on for this now?

    Who is rumored to be talked to right now??

  27. Mad Habber says:

    Some ufa that might be of interest…
    I think the team is still looking for a d-man with Hamrlik walking away unless that offer was just a token.

    Nigel Williams Ducks
    24 year old with size and some offensive skills according to hockey’s future. Not sure what has happened to him as he has been dealt twice in the past couple of years.

    Boris Valabik Bruins

    Anton Stralman Blue Jackets

    Steve Bernier Panthers

    Antti Miettinen Wild

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