Roman Hamrlik was outspoken, to say the least, when firing back at Washington Capitals coach Dale Hunter about being a healthy scratch last week. Since, he’s been a healthy scratch two more times as reports surfaced that he was being shopped around.
As of Monday morning, the 37-year-old defenseman was on the ice for practice. Much like Mike Knuble, he insisted he had not asked for a trade, but Hamrlik seemed resigned to the seeming likelihood that he would be moved by the 3 p.m. deadline.
“Obviously I’ve been there before and you just stay positive. If something happens it happens but I don’t have control and I wish I could stay,” Hamrlik said. “We’ll see what’s going to happen.”
As a former No. 1 pick and respected veteran, Hamrlik is trying to continue on as a professional.
“We are here to do our job and this is part of the game so I know I signed for two years and it’s still a couple of hours before something could happen but I can’t tell you what’s going to be tomorrow or the next couple of days,” he said. “We’ll see what’s going to happen in a few hours or the next couple of days but I’m here to get paid to play hockey and when I get a chance I’m going to give 100-percent.”