If age is just a number, then the Capitals and their fans shouldn’t worry about Roman Hamrlik being 37 years old. The number at the forefront of Hamrlik’s mind might be zero – aka how many Stanley Cups he has won in his 18 NHL seasons.
So he signed in Washington – two years at a reported $7 million.
“It’s a really good team who has chance to win the Cup,” Hamrlik said Saturday on a conference call with reporters. “I’m not getting any younger, and I really like that team.”
In this case, Hamrlik’s age could be considered beneficial for a Caps team looking to add leadership and more veterans. With Jason Arnott, Marco Sturm, Matt Bradley and Scott Hannan likely all out the door, there’s a void for older players around these parts.
Tom Poti’s nagging groin injuries precipitated this signing, general manager George McPhee said Friday, but Hamrlik will also go a long way toward replacing Hannan.
“I think I can bring some experience and I can still move the puck, and I can play probably play around 20-22 good, quality minutes I can bring to the team, for sure,” he said.
With the Caps wanting to squeeze more offense out of their defense, Hamrlik could help there, too. He had five goals and 29 assists last season with the Canadiens.
Money wasn’t an issue, Hamrlik said, but number of years was. He said Montreal only offered him a one-year deal, and the Caps gave him two.
For him, that means two chances to win it all.
“That’s my goal,” Hamrlik said. “I think I’m getting to that age when I’m 37 and I was choosing Capitals for hopefully go deep in the playoffs and win the Cup one day.”