Hamrlik Claimed by Rangers

At noon today, Roman Hamrlik was claimed on waivers by the New York Rangers.  Hamrlik will look to play right away after the Rangers lost slawart defenseman Marc Staal to injury.  Staal took a puck to the eye last night and will likely be out for a while. 

Hamrlik was not used much this season, playing in just four games with the Caps, posting an assist and a -1 rating.  The 38-year old defenseman was signed to a 2-year, $7 million dollar deal in the summer of 2011 and managed to fall out of favor with several Capitals head coaches over that short period of time.  The #1 overall draft pick in 1992, Hamrlik is the active leader in games played in the NHL with 1,383.  He is also the all-time leader in games played by Czech-born players. 

The highlight of Hamrlik's time with the Capitals was likely his goal in game 7 of the second round against the very same Rangers who just claimed him. 

Bon voyage, Hammer.

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