The Washington Capitals have placed veteran defenseman, Roman Hamrlik on waivers according to ESPN.com. The 38-year old signed a two-year deal last summer with the Capitals worth $7 million and now finds himself as the odd man out in Washington when the club recalled Steve Oleksy from their AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears.
The veteran blue liner has played for six NHL clubs, including the Caps and has appeared in over 1,300 regular season games. So far this year Hamrlik has one assist in just four games with the Capitals.
But the former first overall draft pick from 1992 may not be out of work for very long according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie via Twitter who points to Hamrlik as “good insurance” for a playoff bound team.
McKenzie also points to the fact that Hamrlik is an unrestricted free agent this summer so whichever team claims him knows it’s only a rental type agreement. The TSN Hockey Expert also highlights that Hamrlik has been a healthy scratch for 16 of the club’s 20 games this year, meaning he’ll be ready and rested.
Hamrlik also played an average of 20 minutes per game last year during the playoffs with the Capitals and was a plus player, making him much more attractive to a team vying for a deep playoff push.
The only hurdle that could stand in the way of Hamrlik signing with another club is his cap hit of $3.5 million this season. Barring a club that is up against the salary cap ceiling, speculation is this veteran d-man will be playing NHL hockey again, real soon.