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Rangers claim Roman Hamrlik off waivers

Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers have claimed defenseman Roman Hamrlik off waivers from the Washington Capitals. It is unknown whether the Rangers claimed him before or after the Marc Staal injury, as they definitely had a need for a depth defenseman before Staal’s freak injury.

Hamrlik, 38, skated in just four games with the Caps, notching an assist. Last season, Hamrlik skated in 68 contests with Washington, finishing with a scoring line of 2-11-13.  Using his 2011-2012 metrics, he is still functional in his own end, with a 4.5 GVT (4.7 DGVT). He also finished last season with a -.061 QoC, 7.8 RCorsi (0.26 CorsiON), and 46.8% OZone start. These metrics all suggest competence in his own end, which is what the Rangers need at the moment.

13 Responses to “Rangers claim Roman Hamrlik off waivers”

  1. VinceR says:

    Katie Strang mentioned on Twitter that they were having internal discussions about picking him up before the incident.

    Of course the incident may have made up their minds, but yeah, it’s still to early to tell if it’s directly related or not.

  2. Bobby G says:

    This is a seriously underrated pick up IMO. This guy played over 19 minutes a game last season on a playoff team (albeit a 7 seed). We’re only going to need him to play 8-12 under Torts. Major major upgrade over Gilroy, Bickel, and Eminger. He won’t put up big numbers, but we don’t need him to. He just needs to be a reliable third pair guy, which he is more than capable of.

    • VinceR says:

      Even if he wasn’t an upgrade over Eminger (which I believe he is), Emmy is no spring chicken either and will need rest.

      And if Staal is out, it’s an ever better pickup.

      • Bobby G says:

        Another plus, he blocked 186 shots last year, including playoffs (where he saw his ice time increase to over 22 minutes per game). I think he should fit in well here.

      • Bobby G says:

        Biggest negative I have heard is from a Caps fan who I go to school with. He says his skating isn’t that great, so idk how that will go over with Torts.

  3. ranger17 says:

    Didn,t Torts have him in Tampa

  4. TxRanger says:

    he was an islander by the time torts got there i think

  5. Ray says:

    For what it’s worth, this gives the Rangers 49 signed players. If they add Zuccarello, they’ll be full up at 50. Not a disaster by any means, but it does restrict their options a tad.

    • Dave says:

      Actually I think this makes 50 total, or at least that’s what Capgeek says.

      • Ray says:

        I believe the 50 counts Michael St. Croix. As I understand it, since he is playing in juniors and is not an overage player, he does not count against the 50 limit (Slide Rule). Miller didn’t count last year, but Stajcer (overage junior) did.

        • Scully says:

          This will be the 49th slot. I asked on SNY Rangers blog, If they were to release a depth guy down in Hartford to bring Zuke back, would that remove a # off the organization number chart? Or because they’re paying the guy even after they release him does it not matter. For instance, does Wade Redden count against that number even though he’s under contract with St. Louis because the Rangers as still paying him a portion of his salary? I’d think not, but figure i’d ask.

          • Ray says:

            As I understand it, no player can count against two teams, but every signed player counts against somebody, whether released or not. So Redden did not leave the list when the Rangers bought him out, but he did leave when he joined the Blues. If the Rangers sign Zuccarello and then decide they really want to add another player, they could do something like trade Ryan Bourque for a 5th round draft choice to a team with room available. I wouldn’t be surprised if that was what motivated the Black Hawks to trade Scott to the Rangers last year. The trick is to find a guy that you don’t really want that someone else thinks has value.

  6. Chris F says:

    Hamrlik has a cannon of a shot, too. Might he be a good addition to the PP?