Tom Poti is a pretty solid player. He's had a nice career that would be even nicer had he not been plagued by injuries.
Idk I've seen a bunch of goals against Washington this year where he made a bad play. The goal Hags scored against Washington this year was scored because Poti hadn't tied Hags' stick up, I guess that can be attributed to a good play by Hags.
I guess I just always get a sour feeling about Poti because he was on our team during the dark years and even though he put up good offensive numbers, I have a lot of memories of him making bonehead plays.
I am not sold on this move, I want to say that first.
But, there isn't many teams in this league with a big fat whole on the PP point, cept us.
I've seen Hamerlik all his career, and he was like promising for 14 years and then leveled of his last 6. He never really had that smarts nor had that 6th sense that the typical good looking 38 y/o have, but on the other hand we do not need something extra vagancic, we just need someone who can get by on the point.
The Caps had pp personel, the worst teams in the league don't need a stop gap and so forth. I think we could have done better than this. Maybe. But hopefully he can at least help. On one hand it takes time for a D to settle in but on the other hand these type of Ds like Hamerlik can only play in a top 4 role on a good team and there can be a world of difference for them to play in such role compared to a smaller role for a lesser team. Sometime you get magic.
The biggest problem I have in the end is that it is kind of half arsed. Like we need offense but Hamerlik has never been a offensive wiz. I would have liked it more if we like brought Rafalski or Zubov out of retirement almost.
All fair points. Good post as usual Ola.
BTW, Hamrlik has the most games played amongst active skaters.
Just to tell you guys, Hamrlik likes to set up at the left side of the umbrella. It could mean that Gabs may be moved to second unit PP to play the right side. Since there is no way Nash is getting moved off the first PP unit.
Hamrlik's presence could open wider shooting lanes for Richards/Del Z or Nash. Lets see if they actually take advantage of it though.
For a guy who is allergic to everything except steak he's overachieved .
Always hated that long stick
His on ice product was never commensurate with his talent, skill and ability. He went from being a potential two way defenseman who had size, offensive ability and could skate. He settled on becoming a serviceable defenseman who avoided initiating contact (rather be hit than hit) and relying on the pokecheck.