Habs to Offer Hamrlik a Contract? (Yyyyikes!) (UPD: Offered 1-yr contract post #683)
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06-22-2011, 08:48 AM
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Wow, a lot of you seem to have thoughts about Hamrlik that just seem totally disconnected from my own subjective reality.
I would have thought it was a no-brainer to give Hamrlik an offer. Any team in the league can use him, and he has been a rock for us, so an offer should be automatic. It would be great to have him back.
There's zero conflict with the number of other players signed, or hoped-to-be-signed, because frankly Hamrlik is better than most of them. And depth on defense is very important.
The only caveats in the whole Hamrlik case are the $$$ and term. You make him an offer, no-brainer. But it's an offer that factors in his age and projection of a decreased role. If he's on board with that, great.
You're right. You never have enough NHL quality d-men. Last year, the Habs have to trade for Wiz, Mara and Sopel to save their lives + they had Picard as #6-7 most of the season (+ Festerling) . They gave up some pretty good assets to get them: draft picks + Lapierre + Maxwell + Festerling...
Hamrlik was the best d-man (steadiest) throughout the season. He was called to play too much, but that is another story.
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