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04-26-2009, 10:28 AM
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Was Hamrlik injured too ?

Ever since Kovalev said "there were 7-8 players who kept playing with important injuries" I was wondering who these were. We will probably never know for some, but besides those confirmed (Koivu, Tanguay, Schneider, etc..) my biggest question is Roman Hamrlik.

We can all agree he had a poor season. Mostly because he clearly avoided physical involvement and was slow to get on the puck.

Problem is - last year and at the beginning of the season he was our second best defenceman after Markov. When he missed a few games because of injuries it was significant.

He was physical, and even had an offensive side. Somewhere during autumn though he started playing a lot softer till the end of the season. So I wonder if maybe he was hiding an injury.

Blaming it on his age is a cheap option. You don't regress so fast from age. And you cannot really blame it on lack of experience or hockey sense - those were there during his career.

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Yeah it appeared he was going to try to take on a more offensive role in the first couple weeks this year. He wasn't the same rock he was last year but when Markov went down, I noticed a visible improvement in his game for the first few games. I can't really recall if he maintained it during the playoffs, but I do remember glimpses of the old Hammer at the tail end of the reg. season

The buzz has been that in Calgary he had 1 up year and 1 down. Same thing happened here. Question is - does the trend keep up? It's a shame we won't know for another 7 months

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It's a shame we won't know for another 7 months
I think it's great that we have 7months to cool off. We definitely need those.
Hockey season ends=Mini Skirt women season begins.

But in all seriousness, it wouldn't surprise me even if all our players were injured at this point. We had the worst luck possible this season.

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Do mental injuries count?

He wasn't just shying from contact, he was avoiding it. I think it's more than just "playing injured all season".

How it stands at the moment: he's a salary cap dead weight.

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04-26-2009, 11:53 AM
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He certainly wasn't the physical force that he was in last year's playoffs, when I thought he had emerged as our best defenseman during those playoffs.

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Murray Wilson on CJAD was saying that Roman Hamrlik was apparently playing with a broken foot. I have no way to confirm this though, this was from the mouth of Murray Wilson during a game broadcast.

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He was pretty horrible out there, he probably was injured because he had no speed whatsoever. Either that or he wasn't trying, so I will say he was injured. It's too bad because he was so bad that they should have just let a youngster take his place who can skate.

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Hamrlik has been seen not walking well after game 1 of the serie.. bouater.. dont know the word..

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Hamrlik has been seen not walking well after game 1 of the serie.. bouater.. dont know the word..
bouater? is that how its spelled? im trying to think of what it could be..

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bouater? is that how its spelled? im trying to think of what it could be..
Boiter.

edit: Or boîter! I can't remember if it takes an accent circonflexe.

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Boiter.

edit: Or boîter! I can't remember if it takes an accent circonflexe.
ohh I guess he means walking with a limp?


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I hope he was injured because there was a serious drop in his play compared to his first year here. Hopefully he bounces back because he was a force.

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04-26-2009, 04:58 PM
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I hope he was injured because there was a serious drop in his play compared to his first year here. Hopefully he bounces back because he was a force.
He did have more points than in year one; I'd say he had a bad 2nd half, he was a rock in the 1st.

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