Hammer placed on waivers, claimed by NYR
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03-07-2013, 08:27 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Hamrlik picked up off of waivers by the Rangers. Is this not the same Ranger team who last season (October 2011) must of felt that they had ample depth at the blue line so they traded Tomas Kundratek to the Caps for Francois Bouchard.
The worse thing about Hammer departing is that it means Jeff Schultz isn't going anywhere. Hammer > Schultz. Had GMGM moved Schultz, I believe they would have gotten a return of some type of asset, whereas nothing for Hammer. Additionally, Hammer was a pending UFA, Schultz still has a year remaining on his contract. For all the lock out chatter involving Hammer, the guy's experience, shot blocking ability and positioning even as slow as he was, was better than JFS. We'll never know the complete story, but there had to be some real bad blood between Hammer and some within the Caps organization for the way this ended.
Rangers are here on Sunday, so it should definitely be whoop whoop time for Hammer at the phone booth in the tradition of other departed d-men (Larry Murphy).
BTW today is the anniversary of the Mike Gartner/Larry Murphy trade to the North Stars for Dino Cicarelli and Bob Rouse.
Apparently hockey's waiver system does not work like baseball, where a team can pull a player back from waivers if they get a nibble and then try to negotiate or work a deal with the interested team.
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