The reason why the Habs wanted Hamrlik back
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07-03-2011, 08:28 PM
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No needs for the fancy stats work to know that Hamrlik was an essential piece of the Habs D in the last few years.
With Markov (twice) and Gorges injured for so many games, he was the anchor of the defence corp.
He really, really was. Take a look at the game-by-game timelines from the last two years, and see just exactly how many nights the Hamrlik pairing had the most ice time (highlighted in red):
I dunno if I would have offered him a 2 year contract (I think the Habs have worn almost all the thread off his tires at this point), but it's certainly hard to say that he didn't deserve one. He's going to play on a 2nd or 3rd pairing (like he should) next year and I bet he looks great doing it. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if he got slotted in next to Carlson instead of Alzner at some point. I'll be interesting to see what combos Washington rolls with Carlson, Alzner, Hamrlik, Green, Wideman, Schultz, Poti, Erskine.
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