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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
On Thursday, Hamrlik said in an interview with The Globe and Mail that while he wasn’t taking back his comments, he also wants it made known he will support whatever the players decide.
His frustration, however, is over the 130 or so games (and counting) he has lost in his 20-year career to labour disputes.
“This is nothing against any of the players,” Hamrlik said. “I stand with them. We are all together in this. And we want a great deal. A fair deal. Everybody’s losing in this right now. Owners, players, fans.
“The fans are the reason for hockey. Some cities won’t be able to recover their fans for future seasons. I just want to say I’ve been in the league for 20 years and faced three lockouts and there’s only 14 other guys that have done that. I believe I’ve earned the right to say what I think.
from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out,
From his upstate New York home, where he and his family will spend U.S. Thanksgiving, Cole was fairly bursting to offer his view on the point of view of Hamrlik, who might be hearing a loud ticking of the final year of his Capitals contract.
“I am bent on this one, yeah,” Cole, 34, said Wednesday evening, so angry that for the first minute or two of our conversation he spoke in phrases and half-sentences, stopping to reconstruct his thoughts.
“This (Hamrlik) is one guy out of 700-plus guys (in the NHLPA), this is the one guy who’s actually tried to have conversations with some of the guys we’ve skated with (during the lockout) and they’ve all just been, ‘Hammer, seriously, wake up.’
“For him to come out and say this, it’s the most selfish thing I’ve heard during the lockout. Without a doubt. It’s just disappointing. You’d think the veteran guys are the guys who’d take more pride in what other veteran guys sacrificed in the last lockout, how we all benefited from that as a group. Some guys never played again.
“You should ask him about the penalties because when he played, I think he make lots of penalties himself. He should know better. This is the game, guys go on emotion time. I know I take bad penalty, but if it’s the reason I didn’t play that’s his decision.”
-Roman Hamrlik, defenseman for the Washington Capitals talking about head coach Dale Hunter. More from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider.
from Ben Raby at the Montreal Gazette,
The 37-year-old skated nearly 20 minutes in the Capitals’ 2-1 win over Ottawa, suiting up for the 1,315th time in his NHL career and passing countryman Bobby Holik for the most games played by an eastern European.
“When you grow up in Czech Republic as a kid, especially in a communist republic, you don’t really know what’s going on,” Hamrlik said. “When I came here I was 18 years old, still young and just growing up. The last couple of years it just hit me how many games and how many years I’ve played, and how lucky I am.”
Hamrlik has stayed relatively healthy throughout his career, appearing in at least 70 games in all but one season since 1995. That durability has allowed him to develop into arguably the best Czech defenceman of all-time. His 153 goals and 624 points are both national bests for a defenceman.
“There haven’t been that many Czech defencemen with long NHL careers, so he’s broken the mould as one of the first ones to really establish himself as an important part of the teams he’s played on,” said Holik, a teammate with Hamrlik on the gold-medal winning Czech Republic team at the 1998 Olympics.
The Canadiens looked great tonight, beating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on the back of the ever more impressive Carey Price. Goals from four different players staked the Habs to victory, topped off by a late marker from Roman Hamrlik. Hamrlik has been a rock of late, looking younger, faster and more apt to chip in offensively since the injury to Andrei Markov.
Of note to Habs fans, Scott Gomez left in the second with an injury and did not return. Yanick Weber, taken headfirst into the boards early in the game, finished the contest without any apparent cobwebs.
The Canadiens looked great this afternoon, defeating the San Jose Sharks 3-1. When Roman Hamrlik gets a breakaway, you know luck is going your way.
More interesting? This nugget from Bruce Garrioch’s weekly column:
“Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier is trying to add a forward with some size. While Gauthier would like to move underachieving C Scott Gomez and his $7.37-million cap hit, that’s not going to happen. Maybe the Habs will take back RW Alex Kovalev from the Senators. He’d like to finish his career in Montreal and he sure looks like this might be it for him ... “
The Montreal Canadiens looked very good Tuesday night. They played a complete game, start to finish. Carey Price was sensational at times, making 33 saves, and everyone from Tomas Plekanec on down to Tom Pyatt had scoring chances.
More importantly, somewhere in the world last night, a pig must have taken flight, because not only were both Canadiens goals scored by defencemen, the second one was – brace yourself – scored on the power play. By Roman Hamrlik. Assisted by Jaroslav Spacek.
A great effort Friday night by the newly christened PhD line (Mathieu Darche and Jeff Halpern both have university degrees) resulted in two goals for Benoit Pouliot and a 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, who still have yet to win a game in Buffalo this season.
Saturday night, however, an expectedly tired Canadiens club put in a shoddy effort for two periods, and lost 3-2 to the visiting Ottawa Senators. Brian Elliott was good in net for Ottawa, but Alex Kovalev was better up the ice, scoring two goals and tallying an assist against his former club. L’Artiste was, of course, first star on the night.
Two positives from this weekend: a goal by Brian Gionta, who had not scored in eight games, and the play of Pouliot-Halpern-Darche, which has helped keep the Canadiens competitive as their second line and power play has struggled.
While the Habs have looked fairly good in this young season, a few problems are obvious. Firstly, the defence: it’s far too slow.
Tuesday evening was not kind to the Montreal Canadiens, who were outplayed and outhustled by an enthusiastic Blue Jackets team. Carey Price was the difference for the Habs – he made too many outstanding saves to count. Benoit Pouliot was probably the closest to scoring for the Habs, with a good chance halfway through the third. The Montreal power play continued to falter despite the return of Andrei Markov, and it is very quickly becoming a significant issue. Mathieu Garon was great, scoring the shutout for Columbus in their 3-0 win.
The biggest surprise of the evening? The play of Jaroslav Spacek, or rather the fact that he played at all. Coach Jacques Martin had hinted that Spacek would be out, a rumour considered confirmed by Alex Picard, who spoke to reporters about how excited he was to be playing with Andrei Markov (a player he’d never been paired with before, as Markov had been out with a knee injury). However, coach Martin apparently had a change of heart and dressed Spaced, who promptly took a penalty early on
that resulted in a Columbus power play goal
and gave Columbus an unnecessary power play (Columbus scored about five minutes later, on a power play due to a Benoit Pouliot penalty. Credit to dwgs for noticing the error). Spacek also did his best to score on Carey Price early in the game, in a painful miscue, but Price managed to make a toe save involving reflexes beyond the imagination of most, this author definitely included.
Definite problems on defence
The Montreal Canadiens wrapped up the weekend with a 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. The Habs were playing their third game in four nights and looked the part, wearing down fairly early and fading as the third period went on.
However, more important than the outcome for most Habs fans was the return of Andrei Markov. The best defenceman in Montreal returned Saturday to record five shots but was unable to get on the scoresheet as he was eased back into the lineup. Markov was paired with PK Subban, playing an impressive 23:03 in his return.
Second line blues
Montreal has had a good start to the year, but their major challenge continues to be a lack of secondary scoring. Namely, second line scoring, in that Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta have been virtually invisible when it comes to offence. Gionta is perhaps the most snake bitten player in the NHL this year, having scored only once on forty-four shots.
Below are some comments from Roman Hamrlik talking about his situation in Montreal, specifically his relationship with Pasquale Mangiola (more on the background available here). Hamrlik was apparently concerned about how his situation has been reported in the Czech press, so the Canadiens gave him permission to speak to one media outlet in his home country.
Here’s the link to the original Czech (including video), but below is the English translation of a segment, provided by a friend of KK who regularly translates material for us.
Canadiens players are not allowed to talk about this to media but Hamrlik was given permission to speak to one Czech TV station and he has chosen TV NOVA.
Lets start with what Hamrlik is saying [about Pasquale Mangiola]:
“When you come to a new city, you don’t know where to go after the games. Sometimes we went for a dinner and that was everything. I provided him with some tickets for hockey games. I didn’t know he was doing some bad things, I didn’t know he has something in common with a, b, c, or d. Drugs or guns or whatever he did. I didn’t know he was involved in this. I didn’t meet this guy this season because I have already known he talks too much about hockey players and he draws attention to himself that he knows us. I didn’t meet him this season. I think this is really big lesson for my next life.”
Important Note: Any errors in this translation are ours, and should not be attributed to anyone else. But it is our belief this is an accurate translation.
added 2/27/09, Here is a little more thorough translation of the video found at TV Nova…
I provided him with some tickets for hockey games. I didn’t know he was doing some bad things. Where do I know him from? One hockey player introduced us but I wont tell his name. This man used me a little bit, he took pride in knowing me and other players. I think it is difficult to find the right friend here in Montreal - everyone loves you just because you are hockey player, because you play in NHL and because you have money. They dont like you because of who you really are and what kind of person you are. I didn’t know he has something in common with a, b, c, or d. Drugs or guns or whatever he did. I didn’t know he was involved in this. It is sad what happened here but life goes on and nobody is perfect. I know I made mistake that I was somewhere with him but I didn’t meet this guy this season because I have already known he talks too much about hockey players and he draws attention to himself that he knows us. I didn’t meet him this season. I think this is really big lesson for my next life. Every day we learn something new and all of this is unpleasant because of what has been written about me. Nobody knows the truth, just me. I made quite good hockey career during all those years and now it is not good for my name, for my family and especially for my daughter. She doesnt deserve to read those absurdities about her daddy. I am really sorry there are lies in Czech newspapers. When you come to a new city, you don’t know where to go after the games. Sometimes we went for a dinner and that was everything.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Defenceman Roman Hamrlik’s first game as a Montreal Canadien will be also be his 1,000th in the National Hockey League. The milestone will be reached when the Canadiens open the regular season on Wednesday night in Carolina.
Hamrlik, a 15-year veteran, had played 999 NHL games when he signed a $22 million, four-year contract as an unrestricted free agent this summer after two seasons with the Calgary Flames.
“I’m very excited,” said the 33-year-old, who played his first game on Oct. 7, 1992 for the Tampa Bay Lightning. “It’s a special day for me — my first game with the Habs and the 1,000th game for me.