Roman Hamrlik didn’t seem to take too kindly to being a healthy scratch one game for the Washington Capitals, and it’s not likely that he’s happy about doing so again Friday night against his old team, the Montreal Canadiens.
But coach Dale Hunter preached patience when asked what the veteran defenseman needed to do to get back into the lineup.
“He’s a professional. He’s practicing hard,” Hunter said. “And he’s just waiting his time, just like Schultzy waited his time. [It’s] what you do when you get in.”
Jeff Schultz was a healthy scratch for 12 straight games in January but has played in 10 of the past 11 games since returning. But Schultz was not a 37-year-old former No. 1 draft pick.
Hamrlik expressed frustration Thursday when prompted with Hunter’s explanation that he was scratched because of a bad penalty Monday night.
“You should ask him about the penalties because when he played I think he make lots of penalties, then himself so he should know better, Hamrlik said. “This is the game. Guys go on emotion time. I know I take bad penalty, but if it’s that reason I didn’t play that’s his decision.”